Pops is at it again!

So Mercedes finally unveiled the X-Class somewhere in Africa and everyone is excited about the German brand finally offering a pickup truck. Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating. I’ve noticed a ton of negative comments about this vehicle. How it’s not a true Mercedes-Benz, how it’s design is boring, and how it’s just a Nissan Navara. Well, I hate to break it to you folks, but the X-Class is a freakin’ pickup truck, of course it’s not a true Mercedes. It’s a brand-new body style for an automaker that didn’t make pickups before, of course you’re hating. But you’ll get over it, just give it a couple of months.

I also don’t agree with all the "it’s not a real Merc, it’s a Nissan underneath" commotion. So it’s based on the Nissan Navara, what’s wrong with that? Is there a problem with the Navara? It’s ugly, unreliable, it can’t haul stuff on a trailer? Of course not! But hey, I get it, you wanted Mercedes to come up with its very own truck. Well, tough luck, it’s 2017 and all carmakers are looking to reduce costs by sharing platform. And as long as you yuppies keep buying Mercs for the badge, they will keep borrowing platforms for new cars and bigger profits. Wanna do something about? Buy a Hyundai! But hey, I agree with you on the boring part...

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The big problem with the X-Class is its profile.

It’s that boring! I makes me yawn every time I look at it. Sure, it’s a pickup truck, and pickups trucks are meant to be useful instead of pretty, but hey, if others can do it, Mercedes-Benz should be able to as well. The big problem with the X-Class is its profile. Just look at it. It’s featureless. Almost everything is flat!

Now take a look at the truck it’s based on. Notice the slightly curved character line of the front bumper running into the front doors? See the slightly arched line above the side skirts? Now look toward the rear and notice yet another curved character line above the wheel arch, which transforms the usually boring box into an attractive haunch? Now that’s what I call clever design. And you know what? Renault took the same styling cues for its new Alaskan truck.

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2015 Nissan NP300 Navara
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2017 Renault Alaskan High Resolution Exterior
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Note: Mercedes X-Class pictured on the top, Nissan NP300 Navara pictured on the bottom left, Renault Alaskan pictured on the bottom right.

Hats off to Mercedes for designing its own version of the Navara? I think not!

Then there’s the Ford Ranger, which is somewhat simpler around the sides. But there’s three tiny details that save it from being the most boring truck in the world: the beefed-up wheel arches, the protruding character line above the side skirts, and the vents on the front fenders. Now let’s switch to the Toyota Hilux. Just look at those inflated fenders. And how the front wheel arches descend into the side skirts. And how the rear ones spawn a distinct line that blends in with the taillights toward the rear fascia. Say what you will about the Hilux, but this has a lot of character.

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Note: Ford Ranger pictured here.

Someone at the Mercedes design center has been very lazy...

Oh My God, the Plastic!

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The X-Class' interior looks incredibly spartan and dated compared to the Toyota Hilux.

I’m gonna be honest here. Although this thing has a Mercedes badge, I didn’t expect all trim levels to look premium. Merc makes a lot of utility vehicles nowadays and most of them look as cheap as they get inside the cabin. However, I think that the X-Class has way too much plastic that looks really bad. I like the design, but I don’t like the cheap plastic. And I’m gonna say it again: both the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan look better. I’m willing to give Mercedes a small clap for using the A/C vents in the C-Class, but that’s it!

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2015 Nissan NP300 Navara
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2017 Renault Alaskan
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Note: Mercedes X-Class pictured on the top, Nissan NP300 Navara pictured on the bottom left, Renault Alaskan pictured on the bottom right.

What’s more, the X-Class’ interior looks incredibly spartan and dated compared to the Toyota Hilux. The two-tier center stack, the nicely designed dashboard, the big screen in the middle, they all look great together. Add a few optional extras and you could say you’re sitting in a much more expensive SUV. The Ranger ain’t bad either. Although it also comes way too much plastic, it still doesn’t look as if it was designed as a fleet vehicle only.

It’s bad. Bad to the bone. But not the George Thorogood way.

References

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Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Hey, I’m Pops, and these people here said I need to have a bio next to a picture like everyone else. I don’t like it one bit but heck, here I am. You’re probably wondering what my real name is, huh? Well it doesn’t matter and you shouldn’t care. People call me Pops and it’s been like that for a very long time. Heck, I think I’ve been the pops of the group since I was in my early 20s. Something to do with the fact that I rant a lot and I hate pretty much everything. "Hey look, here comes Pops to bitch some more," they used to say. They used to, get my drift? What a bunch of assholes! I never bitch, I have opinions. Sure, I kind of like hearing myself talk but hey, if you don’t like it, you know where the door is. I hate it when people don’t like what I have to say but still stick around.

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Which brings me to why I’m here. You know what else I don’t like? This silly thing they now call an automotive industry. One of man’s greatest achievements has been pussified so every blockhead can drive a car while using smartphone apps, verifying his tire pressure, calling his wife, and checking whether his dog pooped on the neighbors lawn. Instrument panels have lights for every little thing that goes wrong under the hood and sends you to the dealer to change the oil. Change the oil yourself you lazy prick! Back in my day I did that in the garage, getting all sweaty and greasy. No car told me what to do and where to go. Buttons, swipes, screens, voice activation, I’m just sick of them. Wasting time and money on silly things instead of simply enjoying driving. I still do that you know. In my 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner. But not you. No, you’re too busy getting the latest apps. Ah screw it, you’re not gonna get it anyway. And I’m tired of this bio thing...

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