Mersedes-Benz is building a pick-up truck: The X-Class Concept!
This is the first
picture of what might be Benz entry into the pick- up market in 2017 in Sweden.
promised, Mercedes-Benz rolled out a pair of concepts for its upcoming X-Class pickup truck line on
Tuesday. The two concepts are the “stylish explorer,” a more luxury-oriented
pickup aimed at filling the role of urban lifestyle vehicle and the “powerful
adventurer: a sportier, raised-suspension truck to cater more toward the
Through a partnership with the
Renault-Nissan Alliance, the X-Class will be based on the same platform as the
Nissan NP300 Navara and the Renault Alaskan. Mercedes said the vehicle into
production by late next year and it plans on selling it in Europe, South
America, Latin America, South Africa and Australia. There are no plans to
introduce the X-Class to the truck-friendly North American market, but the
German automaker hasn’t ruled it out a U.S. debut down the road.
Mercedes isn’t gunning for the rough and
tumble truckers of the world who are hauling heavy payloads on a daily basis,
but rather those who prefer to use their trucks like crossover SUVs, those who
want to feel large and in charge but more likely to use the rear bed for
transporting groceries than worksite supplies. And, not for nothing, the
lifestyle-oriented GMC Sierra is the fourth best-selling truck line out there,
so there is a market.