Hear the name Brabus and, usually, the first thing that comes to mind is a high-powered Mercedes-AMG pushing out obscene amounts of horsepower. This time around, Brabus has gotten their hands on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class and their treatment to it is a little bit different.
For starters, it doesn't make about 600 horsepower. In fact, it's a lot less than that. With the Nissan-derived 2.3-liter turbodiesel, the Brabus adds 21 PS and a significant 60 Nm to the standard 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The result is 211 PS and, perhaps more importantly, 510 Nm of torque. With those figures, it matches up to Ford's recently revealed Ranger Raptor.
Performance figures according to Brabus claim a 0 to 100 km/h time of 11.5 seconds. Granted, the numbers are a far cry from the super sedans and SUVs the tuning firm is known for. Brabus does highlight that the increased torque would make the X-Class even better suited for hauling. If that still sounds a little too tame, the company is the middle of developing and testing another X-Class fitted with Mercedes-Benz's own 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6.
Like its performance increase, exterior upgrades are also rather subtle by Brabus standards. The three-pointed star on the grill makes way for the tuning firm's own 'B' logo while the grill element is now features mesh instead of a honeycomb pattern. The front skid plate has also been beefed up for the X-Class. Wrapping up the Brabus touches at the front are a pair of LED daytime running lights at the bumper corners.
Roof-mounted LED lights illuminate the road (or trail) ahead and is activated when the headlight high beams are switched on. Drivers may also opt to turn it on manually. To bear some resemblance from the company's high-powered AMGs, quad exhaust pipes are also part of the package. It then rides on tailor-made Brabus Monoblock X wheels developed specifically for this pickup. The seven-spoke rims are 20 inches in diameter and can be matched with Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama tires.
As for the interior, it's mostly lifted from the more pedestrian versions of the X-Class, save for a few Brabus touches. Some of these options include stainless scuff plates, as well as Brabus aluminum components such as pedals and footrest. That said, Brabus can accept personal requests from their customers to make it bespoke for the owner. Brabus offers a wide variety of leather and Alcantara trimmings for the X-Class.