Mercedes X Class as a camping vehicle

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The new Mercedes X-Class combines the typical characteristics of a pickup with the classic strengths of a Mercedes. As a pickup it is robust, strong and with good off-road capability. \n\nWith its wide track, coil springs at the front and rear, long wheelbase and the comfortable spring and damping system typical of Mercedes, the X-Class delivers exhilarating performance, both on and off road. Two four-cylinder engines deliver the necessary dynamism with an output of 120 kW (fuel consumption combined: 7.6-7.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 200-195 g/km) and an output of 140 kW (fuel consumption combined: 7.9-7.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 207-192 g/km). They can be ordered with either rear-wheel drive or with the engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. A high-torque V6 diesel engine with all-wheel drive as standard provides even more agility. The outstanding traction of the all-wheel drive models comes courtesy of the low-range gearing and an optional differential lock on the rear axle. A fording depth of up to 600 mm, a ground clearance of as much as 222 mm (optional suspension with raised ground clearance), a maximum gradeability of 100 percent and DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) mean that the X-Class is ideally equipped to cope on even the most challenging of trails. With a towing capacity of up to 3.5 t, it is also capable of towing a wide variety of trailers, including caravans.\n\nLike all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary level of safety. Its high level of occupant protection results from its especially solid car body with a high-strength passenger cell and a structure with a front and rear that can absorb energy through well-aimed deformation. Furthermore, passive safety is provided thanks to standard equipment such as seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. For active safety, three driver assistance systems are at the ready: Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Additionally, there are Trailer Stability Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, emergency call system, cruise control and LED headlamps. If required, a reversing camera or even a 360-Degree Camera is available. Given this extensive level of equipment, the X-Class perfectly fulfils the requirements placed on a modern family and lifestyle vehicle.\n\nIn visual terms, the X-Class takes its cues from the Mercedes SUV models, with centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, high and powerfully honed bonnet and the headlamps extending far into the wings. The Mercedes-Benz design idiom continues in the interior. The X-Class offers a compelling combination of open spaciousness and puristic modernity. And there\'s no shortage of comfort, either. Optimum lateral support, a high seating position and ergonomically shaped cushions ensure that both the driver and the front passenger can enjoy the ride, even over long distances. Precise suspension tuning, specific structural reinforcements on the frame and bodyshell as well as a comprehensive seal concept ensure that noise and vibration levels are comparable with those of a passenger car. A communication module with integrated SIM card furthermore makes it possible to use the extensive range of Mercedes me connect services and to access the vehicle by smartphone. Individualisation is catered for by three design and equipment lines (PURE, PROGRESSIVE and POWER) and by an accessories range developed by Mercedes-Benz.\n\nDespite its compact size, the demountable cabin from bodybuilder Tischer offers a comfortable sleeping system in an alcove 150 cm wide, headroom of almost two metres, a kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove and three cosy seats. The latter can be converted into a second bed in just a few simple steps. With its large, fold-away wash basin and swivelling toilet unit, the integrated bathroom manages to offer enough space to take a shower. The sandwich design of the cabin sections ensures reliable stability and excellent insulation properties.\n\nA different concept on the basis of the X-Class has been developed by VanEssa mobilcamping: a heavy-duty pull-out module weighing around 250 kg with a fully equipped kitchen. VanEssa protects the load compartment with a cover made out of yacht-deck-look teak wood, a water-resistant material particularly characterised by its strength and durability. Special pneumatic struts allow the cover to be propped up at an angle of 45 degrees. For trips over several days, VanEssa advises the fitting of a roof tent with rear-facing entrance.\n\nMore information here : http://www.motorhomefulltime.com/vehicle/mercedes-showcasing-camping-concepts-new-pickup

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