Mercedes reveals first ever mid-sized pick-up truck
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its brand new mid-sized pick-up, and will join the highly competitive sector with a range-topping V6 engine.
The new model will be called the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, but was unveiled as two concept vehicles to highlight the premium and lifestyle markets for the new model in their range.
The first, in white, is the Stylish Explorer. A high-end interpretation of the future truck stuffed full of all the technology and equipment Mercedes customers would expect of their high-end cars. The second vehicle, in yellow and called the Powerful Adventurer, demonstrates the brand’s desire for the truck to be seen as a rugged off-roader with its extreme off-road tyres and winch system.
Based on the Nissan NP300 Navara, the production model will be not be radically different in looks to the concepts when it goes in to production at the end of 2017, and will keep the two-bar grille that defines the look of the front of the truck. The concept’s full rear LEDs will not make it to production, however, but expect the oval shape of the lighting ring to be echoed in the finished product as the rear tailgate is the only section of the X Class’ rear that can be differentiated from the Nissan.
Speaking at the launch, Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, says the new model will “extend the segment” and be a “true off roader and an urban lifestyle vehicle”. He also referenced the “great potential” of the pick-up segment, citing Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe as key markets with streets that are already populated with mid-sized pick-ups.
Like the Renault Alaskan, the X Class will use the exact same architecture as the Nissan Navara, but unlike the French brand’s truck a range topping engine will be part of the Mercedes-Benz line-up. The in-house V6 engine will appear on models with permanent all wheel drive in a bid to compete directly with the Volkswagen Amarok, which has recently been updated with a 3-litre V6.