Mercedes-Benz presents its pick-up in concept form. And calls it X-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz midsize pick-up has been presented today in Stockholm, in Sweden. And it has confirmed the name we have brought you beforehand: X-Class. There was also a rumor for GLT, but the concepts presented by the German company have confirmed the final name. Yes, concepts: Mercedes-Benz has shown 2 of them, each one with a different application.

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The one you see in green is called X-Class powerful adventurer. It is the only one with any sort of technical description: it is 1.90 m tall and uses 35×11.50 tires. The white one is the X-Class stylish explorer and it uses 22-inch alloy wheels. This is all we know so far about them, but we don’t even need much more.

The X-Class, just like the Renault Alaskan, is based on the Nissan NP300 Frontier, also known as Navara. The Japanese pick-up is 5.26 m long, 1.83 m wide, 1.82 m tall and has a wheelbase of 3.15 m. The engines for the Frontier and the Alaskan at the Santa Isabel plant will probably be a 2.5 turbodiesel that delivers 118 kW or 140 kW. They may also offer a 2.5 petrol engine that delivers 118 kW. The Mercedes-Benz model will offer engines produced by the German manufacturer as an original item. The company describes only one of the options, which may be the sole option, as a “high-torque six-cylinder engine”. More specifically, a turbodiesel V6, probably the 3.0-liter OM642 that is used by the ML 320 and 350. And it also mentions it will offer “permanent all-wheel drive”, the 4MATIC system. The fine tuning will also be from Mercedes-Benz, as well as the interior. A jaw-dropping one.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

This is the one you may find in the stylish explorer. It will probably be different in production guise, but we hope it is not that different.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

Wealthy fans of pick-ups would not buy a Mercedes-Benz model solely for the 3-point star on the front-grille. This sort of finishing is also of amazing appeal. The powerful adventurer is more rugged, but not less elegant.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

The green surfaces seem to be of the washable kind, as we have already seen in the Toyota FJ. We just wonder if anyone willing to pay for a premium pick-up would actually use it to face muddy terrains. Even if it seems perfectly capable under such conditions. According to Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, pick-ups are seen as lifestyle vehicles. Such as SUVs and the first among them, the Land Rover Range Rover, a vehicle that could be used both for work and to go to the opera at night. The X-Class will be able to carry 1.1 ton and to tow 3.5 tons.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

The tail lights of the X-Class powerful adventurer look like the most production-ready. It is just a matter of fitting the pick-up with a common tail gate. The powerful adventurer also presents a different front grille, with 2 fins instead of only one, as in the stylish explorer.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS – Erster Ausblick auf den neuen Pickup mit Stern

Mercedes-Benz has already pointed its artillery towards the key markets for the midsize pick-up: Argentina (where it will be produced in 2018), Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, supplied by the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, from 2017 on. The USA is not included in these initial plans, probably after thorough consideration. Perhaps US farmers are not very fond of fancy vehicles for work.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them two SAE Journalism Awards. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.