Jose Altoveros / Mercedes-Benz | July 19, 2017 14:03
Mercedes-Benz X-Class not just a rebadged Nissan
Around October last year, Mercedes-Benz debuted the X-Class Concept, the manufacturer's first ever pickup truck. Since then, it was only a matter of time until Daimler AG unveiled the company's premium pickup in full. Now, the German automaker has fully revealed their first one-ton pickup. .
The 2018 X-Class uses the same platform as the Nissan Navara and the upcoming Renault Alaskan. However, Mercedes promises the X-Class has more to offer and will feature big improvements over the more mainstream Navara, apart from the standard rebadging and exterior design tweaks.
On the outside, the X-Class borrows a much of its styling cues from other vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Its front fascia, particularly the grill, shows similarities to that of the GLS. Meanwhile, the rear remains mostly unaltered from its more mainstream sibling, the Navara, apart form the slimmer LED tail lights. The pickup's design was penned by Filipino automotive designer, Wini Camacho
Inside, Mercedes has brought most of their design elements into the X-Class such as the round air vents and the tri-spoke multi-function steering wheel. A standard 5.4-inch or an option 8.4-inch infotainment system can be found on the dash with the central knob controls located right below the gear lever. Leather seats can be had for an extra cost.
Two turbocharged engines are available in the all-new X-Class. First up is the diesel-powered 2.3-liter inline-four that have two states of tune. In the X 220 d, it has a single turbo, allowing the engine to put out 163 PS. On the other hand, the more powerful X 250 d gets a bi-turbo system which bumps up the power to 190 PS. Both engines can specified with either RWD or 4WD.
Next is the turbo-gasoline motor for the X 200 although it will be available in select markets like Dubai and Morocco initially. In addition, it will only come as a RWD pickup. A six-speed manual will come as standard while a seven-speed automatic is available upon request.
Come mid-2018 however, Mercedes-Benz will introduce a bigger turbo-diesel in the form of a high-torque V6 engine. To be available in the X 350 d, it will produce 258 PS with 550 Nm of torque and will only be available with the brand's 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox and 4MATC 4WD system.
The 2018 X-Class will be available in Germany beginning November this year, while the rest of the world will likely receive it early 2018.