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In the automotive world, things aren’t always guaranteed. Take Mercedes-Benz for example, an automotive manufacturer with more experience in the game than anyone else. The company has the richest motoring history dating back to 1925, with even older roots. Some of the most iconic cars ever feature a Mercedes-Benz badge, as do some of the fastest on and off the track. It’s safe to say they know the worldwide car-buying market very well. Unless you’re talking about pickups, or if you’re reading this in SA borders, bakkies. In 2017 Mercedes-Benz decided to create a pickup of its own, something with the size and capabilities of the market leaders like the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux but with the elegance and finishings synonymous with the brand. Surely this would be a sought-after vehicle in markets that are filled with bakkie-loving buyers like Australia and South Africa and even the USA where pickups of this size also have a dedicated fan base? Well, for some reason, as pretty as the X-Class was, the pickup was quite an embarrassing failure. Some say pricing, but one thing that never worked in the X-Class's favour was the fact that it was built in a joint partnership with Nissan, it was basically a Nissan Navara under the skin. There’s nothing wrong with a Navara at all, but paying a premium for one simply because it wears Mercedes-Benz badges just didn’t make sense. It’s why South Africans like to call the X-Class A Navara in mascara. The thing never saw a follow-up model, which is actually quite sad because it really is good. 

While owners can’t get a new version, there are options to make the thing look all new, fresh and special thanks to Carlex Design based in Czechowice-Dziedzice, in the southern side of Poland. The company has 10 different makeover options for the X-Class, and they’re not cheap, but that’s expected when you look at the scope and quality of work that the company is capable of. One of the options is listed as P.O.A, which means if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. It’s called The Racing Green package and it’s absolutely amazing. It features a remodelled exterior, a carbon fibre body kit comprised of a front bumper, grille mesh, central bonnet cover, bonnet lip, headlight frames, rear light frames, rear spoiler, front bumper diffuser, front arch extensions, rear arch extensions, rear bumper and mirror covers. There’s even a carbon fibre load bin cover. A set of 20-inch wheels is also part of the deal. The deep emerald green paint also has a subtle hand-brushed pattern which is a trademark of the Carlex Design Racing Green line conversions. The new interior is absolutely amazing, every single part has been given attention, and the work and material used can easily rival the best work seen by world-renowned coachbuilders. The Alcantara seats and panels cannot be faulted, at least, we can’t find any fault, and the steering wheel is a veritable work of art. The end result is pure brilliance and will make current X-Class owners want to take another loan against the house. It’s not a new X-Class, but it’s a pretty damn good trade-off if you ask us. We can picture one of these with SXdrv signage plastered all over it, we’d just skip the tyre lettering.  

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off all of the stunning work that Carlex Design is capable of doing to transform the defunct Mercedes-Benz X-Class into a seriously good-looking thing that will outshine any current new model: Mercedes-Benz X-Class Racing Green Edition by Carlex Design | Carlex Design Europe

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