Hit the mountains this November.


Production of X-Class vehicles has ceased and there is no new vehicle stock remaining in New Zealand. The information provided on this webpage is here as a guide, should you require specific product information visit the X-Class Overview page.

The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race is an awe-inspiring six-day climb through the pristine Southern Alps, and we’re proud to be the official vehicle partner for this year’s sold out event.

Mercedes-Benz Vans and IRONMAN have a long standing relationship through our global partnership, making this the perfect opportunity to join forces for the 2018 New Zealand event series.

“The athletes who compete are tough, resilient, reliable and adaptable, which are the qualities our products and people are known for,” said Diane Tarr, Director of Mercedes-Benz New Zealand Limited.We can’t wait to have our V-Class and X-Class vehicles support riders during November as they trek through the best backcountry terrain the South Island has to offer.

Many of the trails cross private land and can only be ridden while racing the Pioneer, making this event a once-in-a lifetime-opportunity for athletes to tackle some of New Zealand’s most challenging conditions in the untouched, picturesque Queenstown region. 

Some big names are set to hit the mountains in November.  2017 third-placegetter Amy Hollamby has convinced multiple Commonwealth Games and World Championships road cycling medalist Linda Villumsen to join her in the open women’s category. Four-time IRONMAN World Championship medalist and 12-time Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand winner Cameron Brown and his good mate Andrew Smith have partnered up in the men’s event. 

Follow the action at home and keep track of the race during November via the Pioneer website.