The first-ever Mercedes pickup truck is almost ready to hit the showrooms in most parts of the world – with one notable absence being the United States of America.
The German automaker doesn’t seem to have the confidence to go against established players in the medium truck segment – such as Chevrolet or Toyota – but it’s certainly going to flaunt the X Class everywhere else. The company has been presenting its all-new X-Class pickup to media and prospective customers at a driving event in Chile, and the automaker also took the occasion to snatch a few shots with the nature around the capital Santiago de Chile to deliver fresh promotional videos of the brand’s truck.
Based on the Nissan Navara, the X Class has the premium nature of any Mercedes, even though it can also work around in the most basic form – there are versions catering for commercial endeavors and versions for other stuff. The premium treatment is also going to be joined by a beefy 258-horsepower (190-kilowatt) six-cylinder diesel engine next year to make a great alternative to the powerful VW Amarok. The initial versions – X220d or X250d – net you a 163 hp (120 kW) and 190 hp (140 kW) diesel, respectively, and there’s even a 165-hp (122-kW) gasoline version. They can be hooked to a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed automatic transmission, as well as all wheel drive.