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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots

Trucks are equal parts workhorse and lifestyle enhancer, so it's about time Mercedes-Benz dipped its toes into this segment.

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The X-Class doesn't stray too far from the concept that debuted in 2016.

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One thing that's changed between the concept and the production version is the taillight arrangement -- it's no longer a solid strip of LEDs around the bed. 

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The base X200 wields a 165-horsepower gas I4, and the X220d and X250d sport two different diesel I4s (163 hp and 190 hp, respectively), but if that isn't enough, there's a range-topping diesel V6 with 258 hp.

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Buyers have a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, as well as a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the latter of which comes with a low range and an optional locking differential.

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There's also a middle-ground drivetrain option that acts like a rear-wheel-drive truck until it needs to engage the front axle for additional traction.

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The X-Class packs a variety of active and passive safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition.

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It will also work with Mercedes-Benz's connected-car services, so owners will be able to locate or otherwise check up on their trucks remotely.

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It will also work with Mercedes-Benz's connected-car services, so owners will be able to locate or otherwise check up on their trucks remotely.

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It will be sold as part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, and it's expected to go on sale in Europe this November, starting around €37,000 ($42,758).

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There are still no plans to bring the X-Class to the US.

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