New Mercedes X-Class to be available in late 2017
Mercedes have revealed they are in the process of building a brand-new pick-up range named the X-Class. This, along with further details including its release in the latter stages of 2017 were all confirmed at a reveal event in Stockholm, where it showcased a near-production concept version.
Mercedes unveiled two versions of the concept that is being built on a platform it shares with the Renault Alaskan and Nissan Navara. The first of the two versions consisted of the Concept X-Class Powerful Adventure which offers a more off-road focus, allowing Mercedes to show off the X-Class’ ability to deal with rough and tough terrains. The more style focussed concept was the Concept X-Class Stylish Explorer that went the extra-mile in luxury and refinement.
This versatility has lead Mercedes to claim the new X-Class as the world’s first premium pick-up truck. Mercedes-Benz chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche said at the recent event, ‘We will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs.’ Mercedes have targeted the pick-up market as it believes it can offer a versatile vehicle that blends a luxury cabin that is synonymous with the Mercedes brand whilst also offering market leading functionality. Mercedes are keen to build on the success they established in the 90’s through the M-Class.
The X-Class comes as a 5-seater double-cab, with a remarkably bold front end and elegantly styled, high-mounted LED headlights that give it a sportier edge than any of its rivals. The concept version got a set of stunning 22 inch alloy wheels which might only be optional when it reaches production.
Inside the X-Class, the sporty and more luxury approach to a pick-up becomes even more prominent. The leather upholstery and carbon surfaces are more what you would expect from a luxury saloon than a pick-up truck, whilst intricate stitching shows the detail that Mercedes have gone to in terms of styling. Both models will benefit from a free standing tablet display at the centre of the dashboard which will be be the hub of all the cars main control features. Mercedes have even packed the X-Class with a built-in mobile SIM that allows drivers to track and check on their vehicle, so you will never have to worry when you leave it in those monster-sized car parks.
When it comes to what Mercedes will use to power the X-Class we are less confident. However, what we can confirm is the use of the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system with a low-range gearbox. There will also be an optional 4x4 system which allows you to change between four wheel and rear wheel drive.
The payload has been revealed as being up to 1,200kg ensuring it benefits from the commercial vehicle tax classification and will even provide a 3,500kg towing weight which is more than competitive within the sector.
In terms of safety, the X-Class will get a wide track for increased stability whilst there will be a high-level of safety kit integrated including Automatic Emergency Braking and a 360 degree reversing camera.
So, exciting news heading out of Stockholm. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more updates on the new X-Class in the twelve months leading up to its release!