Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup
In March 2015, Mercedes-Benz announced that it would be entering the midsize truck market before the end of the 2010s. The development of the truck would be taken care of by the van division of the company. At this point, few details were given apart from simply announcing the company’s intention.
We learned a bit more about the 2018 X-Class pickup truck in April 2015. At that time, Mercedes-Benz announced that they would be collaborating with Nissan-Renault on the truck, although the name still had not been announced. The new truck would be four-door, have a double cab, and share some parts with Nissan’s Navara NP300 pickup truck. Both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck and the Nissan Navara NP300 would be built in Spain and Argentina.
In January 2016, the Australian car magazine CarAdvice reported on a rumor that the new pickup would be powered by Nissan’s four-cylinder engine, although a V6 engine and all-wheel drive would be available as well. The publication speculated a price tag of $39,000 to $57,000 USD.
By July of that year, a leaked product road map from Mercedes-Benz made it out into the wild and was published by Autocar. The road map revealed a number of new Mercedes-Benz models, including a yet-to-be-named pickup truck. It was expected that production of this pickup truck would start in 2017, confirming the previous announcements of Mercedes’ intention to get into the truck market before the end of the decade.
The Big Reveal
Finally, in October 2016, Mercedes-Benz revealed concept models of the X-Class pickup truck. There were two models present at that time: a street-friendly model, white in color, which was billed as a “stylish explorer. This model had large wheels, as well as a wraparound tail light cluster on the tailgate.
The second version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck was referred to as the “powerful adventurer.” This one was designed to be more of an off-road vehicle, and was colored matte yellow. It featured knobby off-road tires, a winch, and carbon fender flares.
At this announcement, the company revealed that the vehicle’s primary markets would be Latin America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Interestingly enough, no plans were announced for a US version of the vehicle.
It was also confirmed that the truck is going to be based on the Nissan Navara NP30, sharing a chassis as well as the 5-link rear suspension of the truck. In addition, they announced that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck will be available with a Mercedes-Benz V6 diesel engine and a 4MATIC full-time all wheel drive system.
No AMG High-Performance Version
One thing you can usually count on is a high-performance version of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle will be released by AMG. IN the case of the 2018 X-Class pickup truck, however, no such plan currently exists, as of November 2016. Instead, Mercedes-Benz intends to wait a bit to see how the truck performs in the marketplace.
While we don’t know for sure what the future holds, for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck, we do know for sure that Mercedes-Benz is taking a relatively cautious approach to entering the segment. It remains to be seen whether the market will respond, and whether the vehicle will make it to the shores of the United States at some point in the future.