Mercedes-Benz X-Class Given a Cosmetic and Performance Makeover

Giancarlo Perlas July 17, 2020

When the Mercedes-Benz X-Class was announced in 2015, everyone had high hopes in it, including yours truly. A year later, its concept was unveiled, which held a lot of promises.

When its production version was finally unveiled though, it was a letdown for many because it didn’t stand out much from the Nissan Navara, which it shares a platform with and around 30% more affordable than the luxury pickup. We were still optimistic about it but before its promised higher-end trims were released, the product was axed from Mercedes’ production line.

Despite its disappointing reviews and Daimler’s decision to end its production, the X-Class remained as a darling among tuners—probably because they felt that there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Recently another German aftermarket tuning firm called ECG introduced new modifications for the pickup, particularly its Mercedes-Benz X350d model.

According to Forma Car, the upgrades of the ECG X-Class are a mishmash of various works from other companies. The body benefits from the Prior Design PD550 body kit that gives the vehicle a more imposing fascia, thanks to its more aggressive and larger front bumper with lip spoiler, extended wheel arches, and 22-inch AMP-10VT Forged light-alloy wheels. The suspension of the auto is also improved using Bilstein shocks.

The twin-turbo V6 engine of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class takes a performance boost from ECG via Wetterauer Engineering’s chip tuning too. From the stock 258 hp and 406 lb-ft torque output of the pickup, the numbers are raised to 303 hp and 483 lb-ft torque.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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