Why would anyone want a Mercedes ute?
That was the most asked question during my few days driving the $80,000 (plus on-road costs) X350d.
You may as well ask why people would want an SUV from Bentley (the Bentayga), a sedan from Porsche (the Panamera), or a luxury car from Hyundai (the Genesis).
They just do, and not always for the reason such vehicles were ostensibly designed.
Already I've seen X-Class Benz utes doing the school run, kids lined along the back bench seat, rear tray very likely as pristine as the day it was delivered.
Much has been made of the fact the X-Class is built on the architecture of the much cheaper Nissan Navara.
The first examples offered in Australia even shared the 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder engine.
Now we have the 350d model, with a 3-litre Mercedes-Benz turbodiesel V6.
It has 190 kW and 550 Nm, enough to push it along very quickly indeed, particularly in Sport mode.