Mercedes-Benz, the German luxury auto giant has joined the lifestyle pickup truck game by revealing the all-new X-Class pickup truck. The new Mercedes X-Class pickup truck is based on the Nissan Navara, the global successor to the Frontier. Since the Navara is a serious truck, and not just a soft-roader, Mercedes X-Class is believed to have some serious truck cred, while also having German finesse.
The exterior of X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara truck with Mercedes-Benz styling at the front and rear. Since it was first revealed in a concept version, not much has changed in the production spec model. It has the familiar two-bar and three-pointed star grille, LED-accented headlights, and a wide lower intake up front.
The rear features a flat loading bay with another large emblem flanked by tall, thin tail lights. One can also get roof rails and a tonneau cover on some trims. But as stylish as they are, the exteriors are equally functional too, with a 90 degree opening tail gate. There’s an option for a rear-bumper delete, increasing the opening angle to 180 degrees.
A light underneath the center brake light illuminates the entire cargo bed, which wide enough to fit a Euro-spec pallet flat in between the wheels. A 12-volt outlet comes standard. There are three trim levels: Pure, Progressive, and Power. Each comes with different standard options. The X-Class is available in nine color options.
While the exteriors resemble Navara, the interior is far more Mercedes-like. The switches, knobs, and buttons from the Navara have been replaced with Mercedes hardware. The steering wheel, instrument cluster, and infotainment screen are all from the Mercedes-Benz’s stable. Mercedes has added a lot of wood and tough leather to give it a truck like feel.
As for the engine options, the X-Class comes with a wide variety of engines underneath the hood to choose from. There will be four engines, two transmissions, and three types of drive systems. There are two 2.3-litre inline-four diesel engines: a single-turbo engine with 163 horsepower and a bi-turbo engine with 190 horsepower. There is one petrol engine with 160-horsepower inline-four unit. And they also have a range-topping Mercedes-sourced 258 horsepower diesel V6.
There are three transmission options, a six-speed manual unit and two seven-speed automatic units. The X-Class is offered with a rear-wheel drive system that can be selectable or permanent four-wheel drive, depending on the trim. The V6 model comes with Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic Plus automatic and permanent four-wheel drive.
In terms of mechanicals, Coil springs are used both front and rear to improve the ride quality. The wide track and long wheelbase provide the truck with good stability and handling. Mercedes also claims to have all four disc brakes making it the only manufacturer in this segment with this feature. The X-Class comes with a number of enhanced safety features like the lane-keep assist, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera.
The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be sold only in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil. Maybe Mercedes will consider changing its stance eventually and bring the monster to India, though, it’s highly unlikely.