Competition in the pickup truck segment is getting more intense with time. This fact is more and clearer from new developments in the automobile industry. Even luxury carmakers cannot resist the temptation of launching a model and the latest contender is iconic German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz. The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck is the company’s weapon to conquer the one-ton pickup segment. Upon release, it will lock horns with popular rivals like VW Amarok, Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L 200.
Exterior and Interior Design
The first thing you will notice about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck is that it is quite different from the X-Class concept which was shown in Stockholm. The Concept version did look stylish and futuristic but the same cannot be said about the final version. However, the model does not look drab by any means. The familiar Mercedes design elements are there including the three-pointed star at front grille. The model may be launched only in 4 door crew cab setup and some exterior colors will be offered. Its taillight is not shaped like a solid strip of LEDs. However, the architecture is based on Nissan Navara and Mercedes joined hands with Renault-Nissan Alliance. It will have 3 trims: Pure, Power, and Progressive.
The cabin of upcoming X-Class Truck, however, does not stray far from the concept vehicle. There is no denying the cabin resembles that of any top-notch luxury vehicle. The floating type infotainment display is in sync with sedans and SUVs of the company.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck – Engine Specs
The powertrain used in upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck is also taken from Renault Alaskan and Nissan Navara. The towing capacity will be around 7,700 pounds. There will be 3 engine options under the bonnet. Starting is 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol with its 165 HP. Two upper trims should get 2.3-liter turbodiesel inline-four with 161 horsepower and 297 lb-ft of torque. Tuned up, this mill could deliver 187 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The base model will have a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive while the AWD and automatic transmission are offered optionally.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck does not cut corners on the safety front. You get a lot of passive and active safety systems, including traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking. It is compliant with the company’s connected-car services and so locating the vehicle remotely will not be hard. Amenities will vary based on the trim you buy but you will get most features found is sedans and crossovers of the company.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck is the luxury brand’s first foray in pickup truck segment. While the underlying platform is based on Nissan Navara, touches of Daimler are also evident. Amenity wise, there is little to complain and the trucks also get enough safety tech embedded. The base trim of the new Mercedes-Benz Truck will be priced around $37,000. The model with a twin-turbo engine, AWD and automatic transmission will cost $5000 extra.