2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class lands with top safety score

Five-star ANCAP safety rating for Mercedes-Benz ute

2018 mercedes-benz x-class ancap test

The Mercedes-Benz light commercial vehicle (LCV) range will soon welcome the German brand’s first ever ute – the X-Class.

Based on the Nissan Navara, albeit with significant changes under the skin, the new Mercedes-Benz model will arrive in Australia with the reassurance of a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

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The testing authority has just confirmed the maximum safety score for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class with the standard fitment of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) also winning praise from the testing authority.

In fact, the Mercedes-Benz model is the first utility to enter the Australasian market with AEB.

“This is a game-changer for the ute market and puts pressure on competing brands,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended,” he said.

The AEB system fitted to the X-Class performed well – detecting and either avoiding or mitigating crashes with other vehicles at low and high speeds.  Its AEB system is also capable of detecting and preventing crashes with pedestrians.

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