It appears that Mercedes-Benz is on the fast track in launching their first-ever one-ton pickup. It was first reported that it is slated for a 2020 debut but it appears it will be much earlier than that. Sources say that its official debut will be within the year.
Our spies have captured the X-Class sporting slightly less camouflage, giving us a better look of the upcoming pickup. The previous set of photos had the front fascia well hidden. This time around, we see the grill which follows the current Mercedes-Benz design language. Also seen are the bigger, upswept rounded headlights. This hints that the production model will stay faithful to the concept released back in October of last year.
Unlikely to make production is the LED surround tail lights from the concept. The tail lights of the production X-Class sticks to the conventional vertical layout, as seen in many pickup trucks. This pickup also features a tailgate lip spoiler, as well as a pair of roof rails. It is also worth noting that the X-Class' exterior design was penned by Filipino car designer Wini Camacho, who was also responsible for the 2009 to 2013 E-Class.
While no interior shots are available at the moment, it is possible that the X-Class will adapt its design from the concept model. The dash integrates the brand's current layout with round circular vents, a 'floating' infotainment screen and the COMAND scroll wheel and touch pad.
As previously reported, top of the line models will be powered by a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel which is currently seeing service in the E350d. For passenger car applications, the engine produces 258 PS and 620 Nm of torque. It will likely be retuned for commercial vehicle use. Mercedes-Benz will also be using their own 4Matic all-wheel drive system for the X-Class.