MORE Forbidden Fruit: BRABUS Mercedes-Benz X-Class Jazzes Up The Luxury Midsizer

(photo: BRABUS)

German tuner company BRABUS, who usually specializes in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, just released the BRABUS Mercedes-Benz X-Class. This truck gets more power, bespoke wheels, upgraded exterior components and an even more refined interior. Giving the BRABUS Mercedes-Benz X-Class its own exterior character, BRABUS designed several add-on and replacement components that are said to be OEM quality in fit, finish and paintability.

Notable additions to the exterior are the quad tailpipes, a BRABUS speciality.

With an additional 21 horsepower, the (now) 211 hp 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel makes 376 lbs-feet of torque (which is up 42 lb-ft). Peak horsepower comes in at 3,500 rpm and maximum torque is made between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. The 20-inch wheels are, ‘BRABUS’ Monoblock X wheels developed specifically for the BRABUS Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

BRABUS says it will run from 0 to 62 mph in 11.5-seconds and that the enhanced torque will aid in better pulling power.

As for the interior, “The product lineup includes stainless scuff plates as well as BRABUS aluminum components such as pedals and footrest. To create interior appointments tailored to the personal requests of the customer in every detail, the company upholstery shop fashions BRABUS fine leather interiors in a virtually endless variety of colors and designs, using only the finest leather and Alcantara.” – – BRABUS

Prices, delivery/availability date and ordering information were not available at the time of this posting. 

Speaking of small diesels…

Note: While we are glad that BRABUS is tuning the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, there’s a very good chance that we will never get an opportunity to drive this or any other variant of. the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. It may have to do with the platform used from a current model Nissan Navara. This platform will, most likely, not underpin the next Nissan Frontier which is long overdue for the United States.

By the way: the guys at TFLtruck kind of like the quad exhaust look.


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