Pick-up trucks are usually not associated with premium manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz thinks otherwise! They want to be the worlds first premium manufacturer of robust and purposeful pick-up trucks with the new X-Class range. It will be launched next year in key markets like Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe. Interestingly, the X Class will be production in alliance with Renault-Nissan!
Developed by the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, this premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds. It will use a lot of components from the current C and V Class (V stands for vans) and the top end version is expected to come with a V6 diesel along with the 4MATIC technology.
When the X-Class comes to Europe next year, it will be manufactured in a production cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production for the European, Australian and South African markets will start at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. The X-Class for the Latin American market will roll off the assembly lines at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, starting in 2018.
The concept images showcase what the X Class will stand for. The modes will be tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capabilities. Then there is the Concept X-Class stylish explorer that goes a step further and shows what will distinguish the pickup bearing the Mercedes star. The X-Class will seat upto five people and also suit those looking at an urban lifestyle-cum-family vehicle.
The X Class will make use of a Ladder-type frame with high-torque six-cylinder engine and permanent all-wheel drive.
“The Concept X-Class design variants interpret the hallmark brand design idiom of our SUVs in a most expressive form, and embody the dichotomy of our design philosophy: they are hot and cool”, says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its progressive design the powerful adventurer expresses cool modernity and thirst for adventure, while the stylish explorer on the other hand uses pure emotion to provide a tangible experience of modern beauty.”
The X Class has a lot of resemblance to the current line up of Mercerdes models. The distinctive front represents an evolution of the hallmark SUV face of the brand – with a more massive power-dome on the bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings. The classic SUV front apron and the strongly flared wheel arches put even more emphasis on the sense of width, and give the vehicle an even more solid stance on the road. The flared front and rear wings make room for a wide track and large tyre/wheel combinations for tough off-road use. 22-inch light-alloy wheels with a contrasting anthracite chrome finish give the Concept X-Class stylish explorer a towering and superior stance.
We also love the short front and long rear overhang that looks purposeful and are functional too. The rear of both concept cars sports the hallmark chromed SUV trim at the lower edge, and, as a distinctive feature, a continuous LED light strip in a slim chrome surround on the tailgate. It points to the unique character of the future pickup.
Concept X-Class powerful adventurer:
This is the second model based on the upcoming X Class. And oh boy does it look rocking! It gets a lemonax metallic paint finish which underscores the fact that the future Mercedes-Benz pickup will combine comfort and style with the basic virtues of this vehicle category. It is taller (height of 1.9 m) and wears extra large tyres (35×11.50) which alos means you get truck rivaling ground clearance.
The X-Class will also set new standards in the segment with regard to connected life. Thanks to the communication module with on-board SIM card, it will be possible to use the extensive Mercedes me connect services. Drivers can connect with their pickup by smartphone, tablet or PC at any time and from anywhere. For example, to send navigation destinations to the vehicle or query where the pickup is parked and how much fuel is in the tank. In addition to these optional remote online services, standard services such as accident recovery, maintenance management and breakdown management will also be available.
With the X-Class, Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance expand their strategic cooperation which began six years ago. This affords Mercedes-Benz fast and cost-efficient entrance to the fast-growing segment of mid-size pickups. In addition, both companies benefit from optimal utilisation of the production capacity. Nissan is the second-largest manufacturer of mid-size pickups with a payload of one ton in the world, and can look back on more than 80 years of experience in producing and marketing these types of vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Picture Gallery (via netcarshow)