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
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
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
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.
Keep it here for all the latest information on this new truck