Mercedes-Benz Reveals Two Pickup Concepts With Some Help From Nissan
These are the Mercedes-Benz X-Class concepts introduced today in Sweden. These concepts are a preview of a pickup the German automaker will be launching late next year in Europe, followed by markets in Australia, Latin America, and South Africa.
As we hinted in the title, the X-Class comes from a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Nissan. The X-Class is actually a Nissan Navara under the skin. The frame and chassis come from Nissan and Mercedes will likely be making some changes to meet their standards. Also, the X-Class will be built alongside the Navara and sister model, Renault Alaskan in Spain and Argentina.
Okay, talk to me about the concepts themselves.
Alright. The first concept is the X-Class stylish explorer (yes, that is the actual name) is likely the best preview of production model. It comes finished in white and features a large Mercedes grille, sporty bumpers, flared out fenders, and a set of 22-inch wheels. The interior is finished in brown and the dash looks to be made from hardwood flooring. Various Mercedes' design traits such as the circular vents and protruding screen for the infotainment system are here.
The second concept is the X-Class powerful adventurer. This off-road special features a raised ride height, winches on the front and back, body cladding, and a set of meaty off-road tires. The interior is mostly the same as the stylish explorer aside from there being a fire extinguisher on the dash.
Anything about powertrains?
Both concepts are using a turbodiesel V6 engine. No power figures were given, but it is expected this engine will be available on the top trim. The V6 will come paired with a version of Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system along with a transfer case with low gears and two differential locks. Lower trim models will likely get turbodiesel four-cylinders with the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Any word about this truck coming to the U.S.?
The last we heard anything was back in May when Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said there wasn't a timetable for a final decision. So at the moment, it is up in the air.
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