The new Mercedes X-Class pick-up has been given the Brabus treatment, with cosmetic titivations and a small increase in power.
Brabus is know for its, often not very subtle, upgrades to Mercedes’ performance cars, and now it’s decided that if Mercedes is going ‘Builder Bob’ with its new X-Class they’re going to play the game too. Step forward the Brabus X-Class 250d.
Sadly, Brabus has decided to go the titivation route before the new X 350d arrives, so they’re working with the modest diesel lump from the X 250d to try and justify the Brabus badge. Perhaps not very convincingly.
Essentially, rather than putting a nice 4.0 litre V8 turbo under the bonnet, Brabus appears to have simply chipped the X-Class to deliver a bit more power, up 20bhp to 208bhp, which has also delivered a more useful additional 44lb/ft of torque. The upshot is a modest 0.3 second improvement to 62mph, but probably a more noticeable improvement in performance – and lugging ability – than that would suggest.
Subtle doesn’t describe the cosmetic treatment of the Brabus X-Class, with a set of 20″ alloys replacing the regular 17″ ones, a whopping great Brabus ‘B’ on the grille, a set of new tail pipes, a big LED lighting bar on the roof (which works when main beam is on), stainless steel tread plates, aluminium pedals and an endless choice of leather trims.
In the pipeline is a Brabus takes on the new Mercedes X 350d too, which might be rather more appealing.