This Mercedes X-Class "Exy Extreme+" by Carlex Design Is Actually Tolerable
Well, at least someone has given attention to the rebadged Nissan Navara!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 06:07
Do you remember the Mercedes X-Class pickup truck? The Nissan Navara that Mercedes tried to sell as a premium pickup truck? Yeah, well the truck may have flopped horribly in the market, but Carlex Design has tried to make some work out of it.
The changes don’t scream Nissan anymore, so the build looks nice. Called the Exy Extreme+, its interior and exterior were given a revamp and it looks a little more acceptable than the standard Mercedes Navara, err... the standard Mercedes X-Class.
How Does It Look On The Outside?
At the onset, the Exy Extreme+ looks sporty and has the zing of an off-roading truck to it. Carlex has encompassed a body kit that gives the truck a whole different vibe when compared to the standard model.
Up front, the truck wears a new grille and bumper. Surprisingly, Carlex has put the Mercedes logo on the grille instead of its own, which it usually does on other builds. There is ‘EXY’ lettering in a green font, though.
The lip of the hood receives black cladding with a carbon fiber finish to it. A similar treatment can be seen on the hood scoop and at the bottom of the bumper as well. The headlight clusters feature a new frame around them, too. The aftermarket company has installed a skid plate with ‘Carlex Design’ on it in green font.
Overall, the face looks a little too loud, but it may please some folks.
The side profile looks pretty ‘extreme’, thanks to the lift kit and the signature Carlex graffiti. The wide and prominent wheel arches are bolted with beadlocks and have a green reflector of sorts integrated into them. There is an Exy Extreme+ branding on the front doors. The wing mirrors have the same carbon finish to them as well. Apart from the wheel arch extensions, the truck even receives a new fuel filler cap.
The Exy Extreme+ rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch Radar Renegade RT+ POR 118Q tires. The wheels have a green stripe on the rim that complements the other green touches on the body. The side of the truck bed comes with Carlex graphics. The company has also installed an LED light bar assembly on the roof with a white cowl that has green detailing on the inside. Looks quite funky!
The rear tailgate, too, receives the black textured cladding. The new bumper features a housing for the tailpipes that have a carbon finish kind-of-a-pattern to it. The roll bar features the company’s branding on the side. Thanks to the raised stance, you can see the mechanicals underneath the truck. If you were to ask me, the rear three-quarters is the best angle to view the Exy Extreme+ pickup truck.
Is There Anything New On The Inside?
On the inside, the green accents are more than prominent all around the cabin.
The custom leather wrap on the new steering wheel looks pretty cool with the perforated green material on it mimicking the shape of paddle shifters. The gauges, too, receive the green treatment. Carlex has made generous use of black leather and Alcantara on the dashboard, door panels, as well as the seats. The textured, wrinkled pattern on these bucket sport seats looks swell. All-in-all, the cabin seems to be a nice place to be in.
Any Changes Under The Hood?
There is no word on the drivetrain changes. In the U.S., the X-Class was sold with four engines on offer, with the most powerful one being a 3.0-liter, V-6 turbodiesel engine that made 258 horses and 406 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to all the wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The only mechanical change that Carlex has mentioned is a suspension lift kit that increases the height by four inches.
|Torque||176 lb-ft||297 lb-ft||332 lb-ft||406 lb-ft|
|Driveline||part-time 4WD||part-time 4WD||part-time 4WD||full-time 4WD|
How Mercedes Killed Its Own Pickup Truck Segment Hopes
Every automaker has made mistakes in the past. Some have done it out of poor planning, some because of poor execution, and then there is a rare breed that got everything wrong from the very beginning. Mercedes-Benz and its first-ever pickup truck fall in that final category. The German brand is a fine automaker when it comes to sedans, SUVs, or even hot hatches, but, there’s no denying that it screwed up big time with the X-Class pickup truck.
Mercedes based the X-Class pickup truck on Nissan Navara’s architecture and introduced its own body design that looked to have a resemblance to the Navara, especially on the lower trims. The cabin had signature Mercedes elements, but the material quality, especially the hard plastics around had enough for it to scream el-cheapo. The German automaker offered it with two four-cylinder turbodiesels, a single gasoline four-cylinder, and a V-6 turbodiesel. However, three of them made less than 200 horses and only the V-6 turbodiesel developed an acceptable 257 ponies.
Had the automaker put in even slightest of efforts, it would have a presence in the segment today. There were so many possibilities to explore. Imagine an X-Class AMG! If Mercedes had sold the Navara with less Japanese DNA and more as a genuine premium truck with an AMG outfit, things could’ve been different. Anyway, there’s no point dwelling on it anymore.
The Carlex Design Exy Extreme+ looks quite funky and will be adored by people who like flashy designs. This truck features signature Carlex traits all around, and if you’re a Carlex Design fan, you won’t be disappointed. There is no mention of the price, but based on other vehicle mods, we are expecting this one to be in the ballpark of $25,000. This, obviously, doesn’t include the price of the donor vehicle.
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