Mercedes-Benz will launch a new pickup truck under the X-Class nomenclature into Europe in late 2017, followed by the Latin American market in 2018. Other key markets for the X-Class include Australia and South Africa.

There are no plans at present to compete with the big-three in either Canada or the US despite the claim by MB that the introduction of the X-Class is part of a range expansion to ensure sustainable global growth.

Given time though, we may see a Mercedes-Benz pickup on the ranch or in the mall parking lot here in Canada. The launch next year will feature two variants of the vehicle under one message: the first true premium pickup.

The two variants will consist of a more luxurious version of the pickup and a more rugged, off-road version. Engines will include either gas or diesel 6-cylinder power plants. All X-Class iterations will benefit from Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive featuring a low-gear transfer case and electrically-operated on-demand differential locks.

Inside the stylish four-door pickups, occupants will find elegant touches, such as open-pore smoked oak appliques and high-quality materials. The cabs will also house the latest connectivity technology, along with a full-suite of safety, occupant protection, and driver-assistance equipment.

The last word goes to Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”

About The Author

Rob Rothwell has been involved in automotive journalism since 2002, writing for multiple online and print publications. He lives on the West Coast and is a member of the AJAC (Automotive Journalist Association of Canada). Rob’s passions include long drives on country roads in his convertible sports car, as well as cycling, skiing, kayaking, and sailing. Rob can often be found at the beach with his classic 80s Rainbow Laser, or tinkering in his workshop on his latest project.

Related Posts