• It can take on Africa’s toughest dirt roads – but inside it is sheer futuristic luxury.
  • The new Mercedes Benz X Class Bakkie is the ultimate vehicle for the businessman in the bush.
  • Business Insider South Africa took it for a spin. 

It can take on Africa’s toughest dirt roads – but on the inside it is sheer futuristic luxury. The new Mercedes Benz X Class Bakkie is the ultimate vehicle for the businessman in the bush.

With a price tag of just shy of R1 million, it makes the most of Merc X Class technology: including dual climate control seats, upgraded eight-speaker infotainment and tyre pressure sensors.

What really got us excited is its 360-degree camera function called PARKTRONIC. Sensors on the front and back allows you to see real-time obstacles in 3D, and from a bird’s-eye view. It also simulates your tyre alignment and turn circle. Making it much easier to park this hulk of a car in a tight spot. The only thing missing for us was the limited adjusting options on the steering wheel.

But high-tech options include a built-in SIM card and a number of different driving modes, including Eco, Sport, Manual and Off-road.

The bakkie is built on a Nissan Navara body, with Merc finishes.

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