Anton Andres / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | March 14, 2018 12:48
Mercedes-Benz's leather-lined X-Class pickup gains a longer bed
When it was revealed last year, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class was only available in one configuration. That was with a crew cab body with a short bed, much like most mid-size pickups. However, the folks from Daimler are keen to expand the X-Class lineup with even more configurations. Our spies have caught the leather-lined pickup sporting an even longer bed, further boosting its practicality and hauling capabilities.
Despite the camouflage, it appears largely similar to the X-Class that premiered back in July 2017. Present is the GLS-inspired front fascia with its wide grill and polygonal headlights. Even the position of the foglights also looks similar to the short-bed version, making it a mystery as to why the long-bed X-Class is wearing full-body camouflage. However, it is possible that the long-bed X-Class may feature some distinct cues to further separate it from its short-bed counterpart.
From the front to the rear doors, the extended X-Class looks to be the same as the standard-length model. They did, however, lengthen its wheelbase instead of just putting a longer bed on it. It's also worth pointing out that the pickup it's based on, the Nissan Navara, does not come with an extended wheelbase and long bed configuration. That means Mercedes-Benz likely re-engineered that platform to accommodate the added length to the chassis.
As for the rear, the distinct slim, upright tail lights have been adapted to the bigger X-Class. Tailgate design also seems to be carried over the short-bed model. A neat feature from the standard X-Class also makes an appearance for this particular variant, namely the sliding rear window at the rear windshield. Bed dimensions on the other hand are yet to be revealed but do expect a higher payload capacity to go along with it.
Engine choices are likely to be lifted from the current X-Class range. It consists one one turbocharged gas engine and three turbodiesels. The lone gas engine is a 2.0-liter with 166 PS and 238 Nm of torque. Diesels are a mix of Mercedes-Benz and Nissan units with the Navara-sourced 2.3-liter serving as the base and mid-spec options. Figures are the same from the Nissan which make 163 PS and 403 Nm of torque for the more conservative tune and 190 PS and 450 Nm for the more powerful setting. Lastly, the most potent diesel option is the 3.0-liter V6 from the E350d with 255 PS and 550 Nm of torque.