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Mercedes Benz Reveal Their New Pick Up Concept – The X-Class

Mercedes Reveal The New X-Class

The pick-up will go on sale late 2017

Places Mercedes right into the global medium sized pick up market

Mercedes Benz are constructing their latest model, the pick up truck which will be named the X-Class. The X-Class will be on sale at the end of 2017 in the UK

The reveal was at an event in Stockholm, Sweden, where Mercedes revealed their Concept X-Class, as the final production model isn’t ready. The reveal included two concept versions of the pick up, which is built on the same robust platform that the Renault Alaskan and Nissan Navara, due to Mercedes’ deal with the Renault Nissan Alliance

  •  The Concept X-Class Powerful Adventurer

Includes a focus on the off-road design

 

  • The Concept X-Class Stylish Explorer

Introduces premium refinement which will put them at the higher end of the pick-up market

 

Mercedes reiterates that the X-Class will be the world’s first ever premium pick up truck, which is already a large growing market around the world. Notably, Chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche explained at the reveal event,

“With the Mercedes-Benz pick-up, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”

What triggers attraction to this vehicle is that the pick up truck is redefined with the X-Class, Mercedes explains it has dual use as a passenger vehicle and also a working vehicle

Concept X-Class, what does it look like?

The Mercedes has made the X-Class a 5 seater pick up. Slim and high mounted LED headlights sit on the bold front end, making the pick up look sportier, but still with the large grille and badge

At the rear end of the vehicle, the oval lighting laps the tailgate with LED light clusters. The 22″ wheels are as good as confirmed on the options list for the X-Class Stylish Explorer

Interior design of the Mercedes X-Class concept

Where the Concept X-Class Stylish Explorer takes a more refined, even sporty, design approach, the Concept X-Class Powerful Adventurer is every-inch your uncompromising off-road truck. Interior-wise, the brushed metal and carbon surfaces the dash whilst the black leather upholstery and accents match the metallic paint on the outside, along with a safety fire extinguisher strapped to the dash

It’s a very different treatment from the wood finishes and cream leather of the Concept X-Class Stylish Explorer but both models get familiar Mercedes switchgear and technology with a free-standing tablet-like display at the heart of the dash. The truck’s functions can be controlled via Mercedes’ familiar touchpad interface. There’s even a built-in mobile SIM card that will allow owners to locate and check on their vehicle via the Mercedes App

The production version of the truck won’t be quite as luxuriously appointed as the concepts of course, but Mercedes insiders confirmed that materials and tech for high specification models will be lifted straight from the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range. X-Class derivatives lower down the range will get more of a commercial vehicle feel inside but Mercedes is confident that they will still be a cut above current pick-up class standards

Mercedes X-Class chassis, engine and safety

Details are a little scarce in the engines and powertrain area but we know that the production Mercedes X-Class will run on the ladder frame chassis from the Navara and use a 4MATIC permanent four-wheel drive system that has two locking differentials and a low-range gearbox. An alternative 4×4 system switchable between all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive will also be available

We’re told that the top of the range X-Class model will get a Mercedes V6 diesel engine – a point of difference from the Nissan and Renault versions which also suggests that the 2.3-litre 4-cylinder diesel from the Navara will find its way into X-Class entry-level variants. The V6 diesel is expected to be the 3.0-litre unit from the Mercedes passenger car range with 261bhp and 620Nm of torque. If so, that will make it comfortably the most potent UK market pick-up

A 4-cylinder petrol unit will also be available in some markets with manual and automatic gearboxes offered globally

The payload for the X-Class is upto 1,200kg, while a towing weight of 3,500kg is competitive for the sector and adds to the truck’s potential as a utility vehicle.

 

 


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