Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed two concept versions of its highly anticipated midsize pickup truck. As many expected, it is named the X-Class. The truck is a collaborative effort with Renault-Nissan and is believed to be based on the NP 300 Navara. Top grades will offer optional turbodiesel V-6 power, and all grades will offer a five-link coil spring rear suspension, an option on higher-trim Navara trucks. Top payload capacity will be an impressive 2,425 pounds, with a towing capacity of 7,716 pound, or about the rating of a Chevrolet Colorado diesel. Also as expected, the U.S. will not be among the initial launch markets, if ever. The primary markets are targeted to be Europe, Latin America, South Africa, and Australia.
Two different versions of the truck were shown at the launch event in Stockholm, Sweden. One was the “stylish explorer” luxury version, and the other was the “powerful adventurer” version, complete with 35-inch tires and a front winch. The luxury version featured genuine wood trim, nubuck leather seating surfaces, and 22-inch wheels. The off-road version featured an integrated fire extinguisher and a grid-style tailgate. Like the Navara, the X-Class is body-on-frame. All X-Class models will offer permanent all-wheel-drive, with a low-range transfer case.
Still unknown is whether the diesel V-6 will be sourced from Daimler or Nissan. Both companies offer a 3.0L diesel V-6 with similar power outputs. We expect more technical details on the powertrain closer to the truck’s launch in late 2017. Models for the European, Australian, and South African markets will be built at a plant in Barcelona, Spain, and models for Latin America will be built in Cordoba, Argentina.