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SPIED: Mercedes-Benz “X-Class” Pickup Spotted Track Testing For First Time

Truck Could Get Show Reveal Later This Year

May 3, 2016
The much-rumored Mercedes-Benz pickup was spotted track-testing for the first time recently, giving us a look at the midsize truck that might show up in American M-B dealers as early as 2018.
Peering beyond the double-helix body camouflage, it’s easy to spot a few Mercedes-specific design cues, including its swept-back headlights and parenthetical grille shape, cribbed from the company’s SUVs and the Metris. It’s also easy to see the truck’s overall shape, which looks very similar to the Nissan NP300 Navara. That’s predictable, as the Benz will take a good deal of its overall structure from the Navara (which may come to the U.S. as a next-generation Frontier within a few years).
Photo 2/7   |   2018 Mercedes Benz X Class Front Side Quarter
Photo 3/7   |   2018 Mercedes Benz X Class Rear Three Quarter 01
However, the Benz pickup, which is rumored to be called the X-Class, will get its own bespoke interior and exterior design, along with Mercedes-specific powertrains. Expect a lineup of diesel and gasoline powertrains, including a 3.0L turbodiesel V-6, 2.0L turbocharged gas I-4, and perhaps others.
The interior will likely be more Sprinter than S-Class, since the X-Class will be marketed as a work truck rather than a luxury vehicle. However, a higher-spec X-Class could appeal to the lifestyle market, perhaps stealing some sales from the GMC Canyon Denali. Such a model would almost be a given if the X-Class comes to the U.S.
Photo 4/7   |   2018 Mercedes Benz X Class Front Three Quarter 01
Speaking of, the Benz pickup has yet to be confirmed for American consumption. Such a vehicle would be a bit of a gamble for Mercedes, which has never offered a factory-built pickup on our shores. However, a recent resurgence of midsize pickups could embolden the manufacturer to give us a $45,000 luxury truck. We’d like to sample it, as we’ve had nothing but fun in the company’s other off-road–ready products.
Source: SpiedBilde Photography
Photo 5/7   |   2018 Mercedes Benz X Class Front Three Quarter 02

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