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A posh pickup? Yep, that’s the intention, bringing a little ‘Benz class to the pickup market, giving the owner/operator an option with a three-pointed star. Think of it as a Merc SUV with commercial vehicle tax breaks. You can tell, because it’s only sold through the Mercedes Benz van dealer network. Plus, pickups are about as ‘lifestyle’ as it gets, but they tend to lack the niceties that many cash-rich lifestylers actually want these days; the X-Class aims to roll all of it up into one multi-purpose, lycra-ready package. So it’s a new niche for Merc, then? Well, not quite. One, Mercedes makes some of the best commercial vehicles in the world, so doing a rufty-tufty vehicle really isn’t new to it. Two, this isn’t actually a Mercedes one-off: the X-Class shares its basic bits with both the new Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, making it a co-production seeking a defined identity. Basically, it gets the same (initially) doublecab and four-wheel drive system, double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear and pair of 2.3-litre, four-pot diesels in either 163bhp (X220d) or 190bhp (X250d) formats, the latter getting a twin-stage turbo instead of the mono in the former. There’s a V6 diesel coming with 255bhp, but more on that in a bit. There are three model lines - Pure, Progressive and Power - with the X220d getting a six-speed manual in Pure or Progressive, the rest equipped with a seven-speed auto. A basic X comes in at £27,310, but you can spec them well into the 40s once you start slapping on one of the seven option packages, options and accessories. That’s a lot of money for a pickup truck, especially as they generally don’t feel very much like a proper SUV or passenger car. Ever. You put up with workhorse attitude in a workhorse, less so when you pay thoroughbred money. So how do you make a Mercedes feel like a Mercedes?