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.”