If you were a Mercedes fans, you know that the only car that hasn’t been made by the German carmaker is pickup truck. But this year the three-pointed-star finally introduced its first ever pickup truck to the world, named X-Class. The mid-size truck which was introduced this week is still in concept form. Mercedes said that the production version will be released in late 2017.
Mercedes X-Class is built on the same platform with latest generation of Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. As a Mercedes, the pickup comes up with a luxury and stylish exterior design. The company said that X-Class was the world’s first true premium pickup. Up front, you can see that the car looks tough features small headlights, boomerang-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights, a single line grille as a Mercedes’ SUVs and pickup identity with a giant three-pointed-star logo in the middle.
At the event, Mercedes showed off two versions of X-Class, Stylish Explorer and Powerful Adventurer. The Stylish Explorer is like a City Boy featuring more elegant and luxury design, 22-inch alloy wheels, and at the rear the company put the rounding LED taillights. The Stylish Explorer is believed previewing the production version of X-Class but I think Mercedes’ designers will replace the rounding taillights with something more normal.
Meanwhile the Powerful Adventurer is like a Country Boy which always ready to get off-road anytime you want. In this truck you will find winches at the front and at the rear, extra body cladding, off-road tires, wider wheel arches, and horizontal taillights which probably will come up in production-spec later.
In the cabin, Mercedes brings its identity interior design to X-Class such as, circular air vents, infotainment system in the center cockpit complete with touchpad to operate it on the center console. So, if you sat inside the car you will see the real Mercedes-Benz. The only common part with Alaskan and Navara is the handbrake.
The X-Class will come with RWD as a standard, and All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) will be offered as an option. The AWD is equipped with low-range gearing, locking differentials and an advanced traction control to aid in the most extreme of off-road situations. The body-on-frame steel chassis might be shared with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan but Mercedes has re-tuned both the McPherson strut suspension up front and the five-link setup at the rear.
For the engine, probably the truck will have a 4-cylinder petrol engine and a V6 diesel engine. According to the automaker, the V6 diesel can carry more than 1.1 ton and a towing capacity up to 3.5 tons.
Mercedes announced that the X-Class will be available in Australia, Europe, and South Africa. No words about its availability in Asia and North America.
Text: Andhika Pradityo