The Mercedes-Benz X-Class fell short of high expectations when launched in 2018 as it was perceived to have relied too heavily on Nissan’s Navara in appearance, design and chassis/mechanical hardware.

As we said at the time, in Stuttgart’s haste to enter the booming dual cab ute market it over-promised and under-delivered, with its authenticity as a ‘genuine’ Mercedes Benz being questioned.

The German manufacturer has come out swinging in 2019 with a new flagship - the X350d - which not only addresses authenticity concerns but also delivers a big performance boost with a new ‘Mercedes-Benz’ V6 turbo-diesel and drivetrain. We recently put the top-shelf model through its paces to see how it measures up in Australia’s premium ute battle.