Mercedes-Benz First Pick-Up - The Mercedes-Benz X Class
During 2016 registrations of pick-up trucks increased by 17.6%. As drivers begin to appreciate the commercial and recreational uses of the pick up truck manufacturers are making sure they have a vehicle to offer. Mercedes-Benz will become the first premium manufacturer in the mid-sized pick up segment with the Mercedes-Benz X Class.
Mercedes-Benz believe the X-Class will be the first luxury pick-up truck and have revealed two very different concept versions.
“With the Mercedes pick-up we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio” – Dr Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz Chairman.
The X Class Powerful Adventurer is the rough and tough version with a muscular imposing appearance while thin strip lights maintain a sporty look. It stands tall at 1.9 metres with chunky tyres and electric winches to the front and rear. The interior is full of brushed steel and carbon with black leather upholstery and even a fire extinguisher on the dash to show how tough it is.
The X Class Stylish Explorer provides an elegant pick up for urban areas with a classic SUV style front and 22” alloys wheels. The luxurious interior contracts brown nubuck leather and white nappa leather
The X Class will be built on the same platform as the already successful Nissan Navara due to a deal between Mercedes-Benz and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. It will have independent rear suspension, coil springs and dampers to ensure despite its commercial uses the X Class still handles and provides the ride comfort of any other Mercedes.
When the Mercedes-Benz X Class goes into production it will be a compromise between the two distinctly different concept models, the exact details of which features will be kept have not yet been revealed.
“It will appeal to customers who have not considered owning a pick-up before” – Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
However, we do know interior features already found in C Class and V Class models will be included suggesting the use of high quality materials, the use of the most up to date technology for the infotainment system and ergonomic seating comfort. As with all Mercedes-Benz we can confidently expect class leading safety systems and modern driver assistance aids using cameras, radars and ultrasound sensors.
As for the engines on offer, we know the top of the range will be a v6 diesel 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive 3.0 litre engine with 620Nm of torque. The payload will be at the top of the scale for a mid-sized pick up at 1.1 tonnes with a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
Even though a reveal of the final production version of the X Class has not happened yet, Mercedes have started taking reservations at a cost of a £1000 refundable deposit. Those who have made a reservation will be the first to receive their X Class in 2018.
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5 April 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy