The German automaker is on its way to recapture the leadership in the world luxury market and it’s because of bold decisions to fill up every segment with its well known logo.
Starting late next year when the production version of the Concept X-Class will debut, they will also have an entry into the midsize pickup segment – most likely creating the new luxury niche there. They saw an opening for an upscale truck and will combine traditional truck utility with some of the company’s luxury elements. The automaker decided to debut not one but two versions of the model in Stockholm, Sweden – probably a preview for the multiple versions they will introduce in series production. Of course, one of them is fashionable – and the other is rugged and ready for off-roading.
Mercedes has remained mysterious about the technical details – but we already know the platform comes from the Nissan Navara and is shared with the Renault Alaskan. The concepts also deploy a diesel V6 with 4Matic all-wheel drive, an off-road ratio transfer case, and differential locks for both axles. The company has even shared payload details: 2,430 pounds (1.1 metric tons) in the bed and 7,720 pounds (3.5 metric tons) on tow. The design is certainly different from what we’re used from a workhorse pickup – at least up front, because we’re sure the back will not stay the same for the production version. The interiors also use high-end materials like Nappa leather, wood veneers, and polished aluminum.