Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 prices announced

Mercedes-Benz has announced that the X-Class V6 diesel will cost from £38,350 when deliveries start in November.

Badged the X350d, the quoted price for the range-topper doesn't include VAT - meaning private buyers will have to fork out £46,020 for the luxury pick-up truck. The current X-Class range starts at £27,310 (exl VAT) for the X220d in Pure trim, while the former top X250d costs £30,510 in Progressive guise.

The six-cylinder diesel engine is a 3.0-litre turbocharged unit producing 258PS and 550Nm of torque. Drivers can flick between three different off-road modes and five different drive modes, ranging from Eco for fuel-efficient driving to Sport for faster reactions and Off-road when mud-plugging.

Available exclusively in Power trim, the X350d will only come as a doublecab model in the UK, featuring permanent four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include painted bumpers with added chrome, chrome fog lights, LED front and rear lights, electrically folding door mirrors and Keyless Go.

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Leather seats are standard (they're heated and electrically adjustable up front), as are 18-inch alloy wheels and heated washed fluid jets. A seven-inch infotainment system provides access to DAB radio and a Garmin navigation system.

There's a host of safety kit, ranging from active lane keeping assist to downhill speed regulation, which helps maintain a low speed when descending steep hills.

The X-Class is sold exclusively via the Mercedes-Benz Vans dealer network, with deliveries for the X350d due to start in November 2018.