After announcing back in April 2015 that it was working on a pickup truck, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled two concepts that previews the upcoming model. It will be called X-Class.
Based on the Nissan NP300 / Navara, the so-called Mercedes-Benz X-CLass Powerful Adventurer and X-Class Stylish Explorer concepts are two versions of one truck, the former aimed at those who like off-road adventures and the latter directed at those who put luxury and a refined ride above all else.
As such, the Adventurer evokes a traditional pickup with a focus on off-road capabilities and rugged styling, while the Explorer goes for a more upscale look with a white metallic paint and 22-inch chrome wheels.
The exterior will be toned down a bit for the production X-Class, while premium interior will feature high-quality materials and borrow components from the C-Class and V-Class.
Mercedes has confirmed that the top spec models will be powered by a V6 diesel engine paired with the company’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system and should be able to tow up to 7,000 pounds.
Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, stated:
“Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us.”
The latest Navara is offered with several four-cylinder engines, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the German automaker gives the X-Class a four-banger or two.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class goes on sale by the end of 2017 and will be available in Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Mercedes hasn’t announced whether the model will come to the United States and Canada.