I thought I had seen it all; from fuel-cell powered models to futuristic concepts, bullet fast hyper cars whose real potential will never be realized, wooden-framed concepts…name it, but I never thought I would see the Mercedes star on a truck, but then appeared Mercedes-Benz X-class Concept.
Believe you me, as weird as it seems, Mercedes recently released a concepts of soon-to-be-released trucks adorning its logos. This means, Mercedes will now have a presence at all levels of the automobile industry. The trucks will fall in the X-Class if the concepts name is anything to go by. The concept is dubbed “the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class”. During the concept release at an event in Stockholm, the automaker released two versions. Both versions are 5-seat double cabs. One model is a lifestyle-focused referred to as a “Stylish Explorer” by the automaker while the other is a “Powerful Adventurer” with awesome off-road credentials including a winch, fender flares and an extra ride height.
Many enthusiasts in North America will be disappointed to learn that the automaker is not planning to over the truck in US or Canada in the near future. The model is part of Mercedes expansion plans meant to achieve sustainable growth for the company. The two models have been executed with the same level of craftsmanship as other Mercedes models. The Mercedes-Benz X-class Concept is a potential game changer in the truck industry, as other luxury automakers will likely follow suit and churn out their own luxury trucks; particularly, expect BMW to be planning their own model as we speak. Read along to find out more:
Mercedes-Benz X-class Concept Exterior
One model is smooth while the other is as rough as they come. The front end of the two models is different. Although they both feature the automaker’s two-louvre grille adopted from Mercedes SUVs, the “Stylish Explorer” has a single bar grille while the “Powerful Adventurer” has two bars. The trucks get underbody boards for protection.
They also feature wheel arch extensions, particularly on the powerful Adventurer to highlight its off-road traits. The Powerful Adventurer also features an electric winch at the front while the rear features a tow hook. It also features a 1.9 M tall stance, flared arches as well as a wide track. It rides on 22-inch light alloy wheels in the anthracite finish.
The rear end of the models feature an LED strip and a chrome trim. In addition, the automaker has used regular taillights common in many trucks to give the model a dose of the regular truck features. I understand that the model will be built alongside the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan as Nissan and Renault are heavily involved in the production of the Mercedes trucks. In fact, the model will borrow its plan from the Navara, the same platform used on the Renault Alaskan.
Mercedes-Benz X-class Concept Interior
The cabin features the regular Mercedes cabin treatment featuring nubuck leather brown trim and nappa leather. It also features open-pore smoked oak wood trim and a polished aluminum finish. The more aggressive model features a black nappa leather upholstery and carbon-trimmed black surfaces.
The trucks will also feature tablet-style screen and a rotary dial controller that also features a touchpad. In addition, the cabin will feature most of the equipment in the current C-Class and V-Class models. In some markets, the trucks will be offered with the automaker’s SIM card that offers Mercedes Me connected services. As for safety, expect the models to be well equipped, as Mercedes never disappoints in this sector.
The trucks will feature modern driver assist systems that will be supported by radar, ultrasound sensors and cameras. As such, expect systems such as blind-spot monitoring, radar cruise control, forward collision warning, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors to be offered as standard features.
Engine specs and performance
Mercedes has not revealed information about the concept’s power-trains. However, two mills are probable. For lower trims, a 2.3 L, twin turbocharged mill borrowed from Renault may be used. This is the same engine used in the Nissan Navara.
Top of the range models, on the other hand, will be powered by a 3.0 L, V-6 turbo-diesel. This engine is expected to provide a towing capacity of 3.5 tons and a payload of over 1.1 tons. The V-6 will definitely be paired with the 4Matic AWD system.
Price and release date
According to the credible sources, the trucks will hit Mercedes dealerships late next year as 2018 models. The trucks will be sold in Europe, South America, South Africa and Australia. However, as said earlier, there are no current plans to offer the models in the North American market. The automaker is yet to give timelines for a U.S. model.
As you may have already guessed, the model will go against the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. The model will also face rivalry from established models like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50. The model will also have to battle with the Volkswagen Amarok. However, the greatest battle will come from BMW, which is also planning to launch a Premium truck.
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