Mercedes-Benz X-Class — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a premium off-road pick-up truck marketed by Daimler Mercedes-Benz together with the Renault-Nissan alliance. The X-Class is based on the fourth-generation Nissan Navara (NP300 Navara or Nissan Frontier). This alliance also produced the Renault Alaskan, as well as the Chinese model Dongfeng Ruiqi 6. The latter is developed entirely by Nissan and is a “rebadging” by the Chinese marque, which has dozens of models produced by brands such as Honda or PSA.

Unlike the Navara or the Alaskan, the X-Class has engines that are not available in the French and Japanese versions. Specifically, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has a variant with a 258 hp V6 engine (OM 642) developed entirely by Mercedes-Benz. This 3-liter block is available on the X-Class 350 d, is turbocharged and has common rail direct injection. The other engines fitted in the Navara and Alaskan are 4-cylinder in-line diesel (dCi) developed by Renault, with the most powerful variant reaching 190 hp. Another difference is that the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is only available in a double cab version and as a platform truck.

Among its finishes we find the Pure and Progressive versions. In addition, it is a highly customizable vehicle, being able to choose the way in which we are going to use the tipper. In the chassis variant (Platform Truck), it is even possible to acquire a camper version of this vehicle.

As it also happened in several markets with the Alaskan, the Mercedes X-Class was discontinued in mid-2020. The main reason was low sales, and Daimler preferred to devote more effort to the electrification of its car portfolio.

There is only one generation of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Some of its competitors are the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi L200, the Mazda BT-50, the Toyota Hilux, the Volkswagen Amarok and the RAM pickups, among others.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Mercedes X-Class models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Mercedes X-Class.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class – First Generation (Type 470) (2017)

Pickup (470)

Diesel Engines

  • OM699.300 X 220 d (470.210) 163 CV (2017)
  • OM699.300 X 220 d 4-matic (470.211) 163 CV (2017)
  • OM699.301 X 250 d (470.230) 190 CV (2017)
  • OM699.301 X 250 d 4-matic (470.231) 190 CV (2017)
  • OM642.889 X 350 d 4-matic (470.252) 258 CV (2018)

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

There are no petrol-engined versions of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Gen 1.

Platform / Flatbed Truck / Chassis (470)

Diesel Engines

  • OM699.300 X 220 d (470.210) 163 CV (2017)
  • OM699.301 X 250 d 4-matic (470.231) 190 CV (2017)

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

There are no petrol-engined versions of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Chassis Gen 1.

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