It’s been a long time in the making, but Mercedes-Benz finally enters the midsize pickup segment with the release of the X-Class.
This rugged-meets-luxury vehicle is pretty much what everyone expected: A Benz with a bed. Its styling cues are precisely as anticipated, as it carries the very familiar Mercedes front fascia, a four-door cab, and a relatively short bed.
This rig measures 5,340 mm (210.2 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.6 inches) wide, 1,819 mm (71.6 inches) tall, and it rides on a 3,150 mm (124-inch) wheelbase. Its bed is 1,587 mm (62.5inches) long and 1,560 mm (61.4 inches) wide. It’s payload capacity tops out at 1,042 kg (2,297 pounds) and its towing capacity maxes out at 3,500 kg (7,716 pounds). So, despite being a posh pickup, it actually has some capabilities too.
The interior is pretty much what anyone would expect from a Mercedes-Benz. It’s well-equipped from the base model with standard woodgrain, ARTICO synthetic leather, a 5.4-inch color driver-info center, an 8.4-inch infotainment screen, and more.
Under its hood, the X-Class initially puts a Nissan diesel powerplant to work. This 2.3-liter diesel four-cylinder produces 163 horsepower in its base X200d model and 190 horsepower in the X250d. There will also be a gasoline-fueled X200 with 165 horsepower for select left-hand-drive markets. The X-Class will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed automatic with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
In mid-2018 Mercedes plans to launch the X350d, which will come with a V-6 diesel engine that cranks out an impressive 258 horsepower and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque. This model will come standard with the automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The X-Class will hit showrooms in Germany in November 2017 at a starting price of 37,294 euros ($42,979). It will be available in three distinct levels. The X-Class Pure will be the basic workhorse, but it’ll still have plenty of Benz-like features; the X-Class Progressive will gain a few more creature comforts; and the X-Class Power will top the range with numerous bells and whistles to satisfy the more discerning pickup buyer.
As expected, there are no plans to release it in the U.S.