Mercedes-Benz X350d Edition 1.
Mercedes-Benz X350d Edition 1.

Mercedes-Benz unleashes new $90k ute

Mercedes-Benz has fired the latest salvo in the expanding dual-cab ute arms race.

The German maker has announced its new limited edition version of the X-Class dual-cab ute - named the Edition 1 X350d.

The new flagship workhorse is priced from $87,500, with on-road costs to push it well above $90,000, and is just the latest in a long line of expensive work machines.

The Edition 1 surpasses the brand's current flagship ute, the X350d Power which costs $79,415 (before on-road costs).

Other top-shelf utes include the $75,390 Ford Ranger Raptor and the V6-powered VW Amarok priced from $72,790.

Mercedes has gone full stealth mode with its blacked out special edition ute.
Mercedes has gone full stealth mode with its blacked out special edition ute.

Priced on par with the bigger Ram 1500, they are still well below the full-size US pick-up trucks that sell for $100,000-plus.

The X-Class shares many of its underpinnings with the more humble Nissan Navara, though the top-shelf models have a large chunk of Mercedes gear added.

The Edition 1 gets a raft of cosmetic enhancements with black touches all over - badges, grille, tonneau cover, door and tailgate handles and large 19-inch alloy wheels. Black stripes adorn the bonnet, side mirrors side and tailgate.

A locking hard tonneau cover provides added security.
A locking hard tonneau cover provides added security.

Inside modern luxuries such as heated front seats are standard, as is rear privacy glass.

And the big selling point: the all-wheel drive X350d's Mercedes-built 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel produces an impressive 190kW/550Nm and is hooked up to a seven-speed auto. Only the top-spec VW has more grunt than the Merc in this class.

The Edition 1 goes on sale from July this year.