This is what the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will look like, according to Quatro Rodas

There seems to be no decision on the name of the new midsize pick-up from Mercedes-Benz. It may be called X-Class or GLT, but, with the presentation of the new Renault Alaskan, its final form would be easier to find. This is what the Brazilian magazine Quatro Rodas has claimed with its new rendering, which you can see above and at the Quatro Rodas website. There you can also see the back of the new pick-up.

According to the Brazilian magazine, the X-Class will be produced in Cordoba, Argentina, and in Barcelona, Spain, for the European marked. It shares most of its structure with the new Renault Alaskan, which is based on the Nissan Frontier. There is the possibility it is also produced in Aguascalientes, Mexico, for a North American distribution.

USA is the main goal

Quatro Rodas says the pick-up will have 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. While in Europe its presentation will happen at the Paris Motor Show, with sales starting by 2017, it will only appear in Brazil by 2018. According to Quatro Rodas sources, this is due to production adjustments. But that’s not exactly true. All production adjustments will happen prior to its presentation.

The problem is that the pick-up market that really matters for Mercedes-Benz is in the USA, due to volumes. Wherever the X-Class is produced, the goal is to feed the American market. As production ramps up, and the USA market already receives all it demands, than the German automaker will think of other markets. Such as the South American.

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 three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.