Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 revealed

Lynne Hanson
July 20, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, a truck that many probably never really thought Mercedes would build. Mercedes-Benz first revealed plans to introduce a midsize pickup with the X-Class concept past year and now the production version is here.

While the new truck does promise to be utilitarian enough to get work done, Mercedes has said that it is clearly positioning the new auto as a luxury offering.

"A Mercedes-Benz pickup is brought to life", said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG's Board of Management and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, at the X-Class' launch event in Capetown, South Africa. It will eventually be offered in a number of other countries including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.

The X-Class is based on the non-US market Nissan Navara, though its styling is pure Mercedes-the front Facia looks quite a lot like the GLS SUV. It also has four engine offerings: two four-cylinder diesels, a four-cylinder gas engine, and a V6 diesel.

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This post is being updated. The top X Class model will come as standard with permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the seven-speed automatic transmission. With the new Mercedes X-Class it says it's looking to redefine the sector, bringing premium passenger vehicle levels of comfort, quality and tech to a party that has historically been populated by tough workhorses.

Customers can choose between the 163PS common rail diesel X 220 d 190PS X 250 d as well as a 165PS petrol engine in selected markets. Mercedes says its full suite of safety systems will be available on the X-Class, too.

Mercedes has designed the X-Class to perform well off-road, continues the mag, with all versions equipped with "low-range gearing" for driving up steep surfaces. The entry and mid-range models will receive Nissan's 2.3-litre turbo diesels which deliver 120kW and 403Nm of torque for the Pure and 140kW and 450Nm for the Progressive. There's also a differential lock for the rear axle available, and Downhill Speed Regulation, along with various drive modes to help take on various terrain types.

As for the cabin, the design carries over from most Mercedes cars of today, with circular air vents, a large tablet-style multimedia screen for the dash, and a range of luxury-focused trimmings and tones.

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