People often perceive pickup trucks to be crude and something that American brands like Ford or Chevrolet would make. Now, Mercedes has taken a bold step to enter the pickup truck market by revealing the X-Class. In a couple of months, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck will be available for sale in some global markets including USA and UK.
The X-Class is the result of a partnership between Mercedes and Renault-Nissan. In fact, it is based on the highly popular Nissan Navara Pickup truck. So does that mean that Mercedes has just slapped on three pointed star on the grill and called it their own? No, the German manufacturer claims that they have made significant modifications in several areas to make it worthy of Mercedes-Benz Badge. This includes retuned suspension, stiffened areas of the ladder frame chassis, faster steering ratio, and design changes.
Why do Mercedes think that Pickup truck is a good market for them? The company believes that X-Class will create a new segment of premium Pickup vehicles. The company saw the SUVs evolving from tough and purposeful vehicles to being comfortable family cars. Mercedes is seeing the same opportunity with the pickup trucks.
X-Class Engine & Gearbox
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be offered with multiple engine options in four and six cylinder configuration. The 2.0-Litre four cylinder petrol engine X 200 making 165 PS of power. A 2.3-litre twin-turbo four cylinder diesel engine will be in two states of tune- X 220d (162 PS) and X 250d (190 PS). Then there is a V6 diesel unit X 350d making 260 PS of power. The Mercedes X-Class will be available with six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Mercedes’s Dynamic Selector finds its way on the X-Class also, giving it modes like Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Offroad driving modes.
Price and Availability
In the UK, the pricing for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will start around 29,000 GBP excluding VAT. And the customers will start taking delivery in November this year. There is a very slim chance that this pickup will be offered for sale in India. However, X-Class is important as it shows how Mercedes is planing for the future.
Last Month, Mercedes launched the GLS 63 AMG and G63 AMG Special edition. And last Week, GLC 43 AMG was launched for Rs 74.8 lakh.