This has always been in the back of my mind.  The Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup.  The example I have pictured makes me the most excited.  Look at those beefy tires, black wheel well trim, took hook up front and massive three-pointed star on the grille.  How much fun does this 4 x 4 Mercedes-Benz look like?  While it’s truly unfortunate that we most likely won’t see the X-Class in the U.S., I can’t help but be excited for it regardless.  

This Mercedes-Benz concept is pretty much the only vehicle that Mercedes is missing in its long lineup of vehicles.  An off-road hungry and brutish truck that looks immensely capable.  The addition of the X-Class will also make Mercedes the first luxury auto manufacturer to offer a mid-size truck.

The Exterior:


I’m going to be honest with you, the luxury focused version you see on the right looks uncomfortable and doesn’t really know what it is.  For Mercedes-Benz, they need to figure out out a truck can fit in their brand line-up.  This is immensely difficult since the image of a Mercedes-Benz seems to directly conflict with the concept of a truck.  You can see this power struggle at play in the truck on the right, or the model that represents the more luxurious of the two.  Now I think there is a much stronger case for the muscular guy on the left.

I like this guy a lot.  The oversized tires, the tow hook, the beefed up fenders and the rails on the bed…I love it.  This is the only variant Mercedes should offer the X-Class in.  This is more the case when you consider the fact that Mercedes doesn’t plan on offering the X-Class in the U.S.A.  The United States is a place where you can get away with offering a midsize truck that doubles as a luxury SUV/Cruiser. Think off all the Ford F-150’s and Chevy Silverados with the color-contrast leather stitching and other luxury amenities on the interior.  But since the X-Class will most likely only be offered in Europe and outside the United States (and many Europeans are confused by trucks),  it only makes sense that the X-Class is a focused off-roader.  But, you have to realize that Mercedes-Benz also makes the ridiculous Mercedes-AMG GLE63.  They clearly have a sense of humor and will make pretty much any variant of any car ever.

I remember driving the GLC 450 AMG a few months ago, and I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time.  The insane power the SUV had along with the ride height was just comical.  It was then that I realized Mercedes-Benz is the funniest OEM out there.  With that being said, the X-CLass can come in the most ridiculous variant and people will still buy it.

The Mercedes-Benz concept X class looks capable and remains elegant from every angle.  The off-road variant looks like it has some serious promise to go along with its looks.  It is a very complete design from front to back, and you can tell the designers definitely took their time on it which I can appreciate.  

With that said though, I can’t say the same for the more civilized version.  It looks much more like a concept than its more capable counterpart.  And you are more than welcome to disagree with me; the internet is a free place!  So let me know what your thoughts are!

The Interior:  

This is so cool.  The interior of the more rugged X-Class reminds me of the G-Class quite a bit.  I love the body color paneling and the very Mercedes-Benz designs in here.  The fire extinguisher is just so cool, and I think it goes without saying that Mercedes makes some of the most incredible interiors on the market.  Can we agree on that?

Now here we have the interior for the more luxury oriented Mercedes Benz X class pickup.  I think that the interior is much more sharp and well thought out than the exterior.  The use of the large wood paneling, chrome accents and the rather interesting six air vents all work so well together, and it’s almost normal now to expect such a work of art out of Mercedes-Benz.  

The X-Class is supposed to be getting a 2+2 seating configuration, or five seats as an option.  Infotainment will be provided by the technology that spans across the Mercedes lineup as well.  

The Performance:

Mercedes tells us that the top-of-the-line X-Class will utilize a diesel V6 with permanent 4MATIC All-wheel-drive.  This is a perfect combination for a lot of torque to make the luxury truck even more capable than it looks.  There will also be a complicated system featuring two differential locks, a transfer case and electronic traction system. Interestingly enough, the X-Class is going to be based on the Nissan Navara NP300 platform; which makes me think about the BMW and Toyota partnership.   Horsepower numbers are scarce to find, but if we look at other diesel options in the brands line up, a healthy 200-250 HP is expected; With a healthy 400 Lb-Ft of torque.  You can also expect the towing capacity to be around 3.5 tonnes.  Impressive stuff here from the Three-Pointed-Star.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Luxury Midsize Truck
Powertrain: Diesel V6 (est.)
Gearbox: 6 speed auto (est.)
Power: 250 HP (est.)
MPG: 30 Highway, 23 City
Torque: 400 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 200 Inches (5.08 Meters) (est.)
Width: 73 Inches (1.85 Meters) (est.)
Height: 70 Inches (1.70 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 150 MPH (241.4 KPH) EST.
Seating: 2+2 , 5 (optional)
Wheelbase: 130 Inches (3.3 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 10 Sec. (est.)
Base Price: $39,000-$57,000 EST.


Sum It Up:

I am excited for the new X-Class even though it’s not coming to the United States (yet), and you should be too.  Look for the new midsize truck to be available in AustraIia, Latin America and other European markets in late 2017.  It’ll be very special when it comes out, and I just hope that we can see one in the States sometime soon after that. Check out the video below!


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