Mercedes Set to Debut X-Class Pickup on July 18
The wait is finally over, well, except in the U.S.by Mark McNabb, on
Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser video for is upcoming X-Class pickup, along with announcing the mid-size truck’s official debut on July 18, 2017. This will be the first time anyone outside Mercedes has seen the new pickup in production form, and will hopefully be accompanied by official details. So far, Mercedes has only shown concept vehicles of the X-Class and laid the general theme of the truck. Sadly, Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the X-Class will not initially be sold in the U.S., though he said that could change in the future.
The teaser video certainly lives up to its name, giving only darkened hints at the pickup’s styling. However, the front fascia is clearly seen in a few frames. The styling is more reserved that that of the two X-Class Concepts from 2016. Chrome trim resides on the traditional-looking bumper and grille, as well as the roof rails, side window trim, running boards, rear bumper, and bed-mounted sports bar. LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights are also a certainty. Beyond that, all that’s known is what Mercedes has previously announced. Here’s the highlights: the X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara pickup, but will have Mercedes-spec powertrains and have Mercedes-only bodywork and interior designs. The truck will be built by Renault in Argentina and by Nissan in Spain and caters to the premium market. We’ll bring you a full run-down of the X-Class come July 18.
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What We Know So Far
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a mid-size pickup based on the current Nissan Navara platform, but is powered by Mercedes engines, transmissions, and a 4Matic 4WD system. It has unique styling both inside and out, setting it apart form the Nissan, along with a suspension system tuned by Mercedes engineers. The truck is aimed at the premium pickup segment and its main competition is the Volkswagen Amarock, Ford Ranger, and Toyota HiLux.
The 2016 X-Class concept trucks were said handle 2,430 pounds of payload and tow a 7,720-pound trailer.
Exact details of engine specification aren’t known, but the X-Class is expected to have both four- and six-cylinder turbodiesel and gasoline engines. No performance variants are planned, but an AMG package will offer sportier looks. And despite its classy disposition, the X-Class will be able to handle manual labor. The 2016 X-Class concept trucks were said handle 2,430 pounds of payload and tow a 7,720-pound trailer. Those are respectable numbers for a mid-size pickup. In contrast, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado can only carry 1,581 pounds of payload in its bed. The Chevy’s towing stats are on par, maxing out at 7,700 pounds when ordered with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel.
Read our full speculative review on the Mercedes X-Class pickup here.