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Mercedes X-Class Element special edition goes subtle with the stickers

  • Lots of extra kit for limited edition pickup
  • Based on X 250 d Progressive model
  • Which means you only get four cylinders

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Element special edition pickup up - Chisana White, front view, stormy desert background

Mercedes has a new special edition version of its X-Class pickup available. Called the Element, it’s based on the X 250 d Progressive model, but comes with a host of extra standard equipment.

Including a whacking great graphics pack that covers almost the entire side of the load area.

What’s special about the X-Class Element?

Well, not the engine. The Element’s X 250 d basis means you get essentially the same 190hp four-cylinder motor that Nissan fits in the Navara – rather than the muscular (and expensive) 258hp V6 fitted in the X 350 d.

Don’t let that put you off too much, though, as the Element does come with a load of additional items of kit over and above all the stuff already fitted to the Progressive, including:

  • Black interior roof lining
  • Comfort Pack (Artico ‘leather’ and microfiber upholstery, plus automatic climate control)
  • Style Pack (tinted rear windows, roof rails, side bars, LED headlights, electric rear window, 19-inch alloy wheels)
  • Sports bar
  • Load bed liner
  • Exclusive Element livery
  • Choice of Chisana White, Diamond Silver or Kabara Black paint

It’s also fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive as standard – though these two are enhanced Nissan items rather than the true Mercedes-Benz 7GTronic and 4Matic you get with the V6.

How practical is the X-Class Element?

Mercedes says the Element is rated to carry 1,075 in payload – slightly more than the X 350 d Power, but a substantial 47kg less than the equivalent X 250 d Progressive.

Like all X-Class models, the Element will tow up to 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes).

How much is the Mercedes X-Class Element?

Prices start at £36,665, excluding VAT – which is rather a lot for a four-cylinder pickup truck, even one with a Mercedes badge and a claimed 40.9mpg.

Interestingly, even the brochure reckons that fuel economy rating may be out of whack with the extra items added to the Element. Hmm.

And for further context, £36k will also buy you a Volkswagen Amarok Highline with 258hp V6 and an eight-speed auto. You’ve got to really want that three-pointed star for the Element to make sense…

Also read:

>> Mercedes-Benz X-Class full review

>> What’s the difference between the Mercedes X-Class and the Nissan Navara?

>> The Parkers pickup group test – every major model compared