Luxury vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has used a platform in Stockholm, Sweden, to reveal its concept double cab pickup truck — the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class.
The vehicle is being developed as part of a three-way joint venture with parent company Daimler’s alliance partner Renault Nissan. As a result, it will be produced alongside sister models the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan.
There’s already been high praise delivered to the Concept X-Class from key figures at Mercedes-Benz. Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, claimed that “the X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment”, while Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, stated: “We will open up and change the segment of mid-size pickups – with the world’s first true premium pickup for the modern urban lifestyle. Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise.”
Join the UK’s largest used van retailer, Van Monster, as they delve into what makes the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class so special:
There’s two Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class pickup trucks coming
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class was unveiled in two guises — the Adventurer and the Explorer.
Opt for the Concept X-Class Adventurer for a more rugged version of the two pickup trucks. You’ll get a generous amount of ground clearance, a four-wheel-drive setup, additional wheel arch and body side cladding and wheels and tyres that are designed to cope with being use off-road.
Meanwhile, the Concept X-Class Explorer is the more stylish model. Capture attention wherever you go with the car’s an eye-catching steel body, enjoy driving in a pickup truck with a moderate ride height and relax within a luxurious leather-lined interior.
While each model of the Concept X-Class will have their exclusive characteristics, there are features which will appear across the range. We discuss some of them below:
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class’ exterior
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class is its traditional grille, highlighted by a prominent and centrally mounted three-point star emblem.
The Concept X-Class pickup truck also receives the iconic German manufacturer’s latest headlamp lineage — creating stylish and practical lights — as well as a series of sharp lines across the vehicle’s bonnet and doors.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class’ interior
The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class is finished in a fine selection of high-quality materials. Ergonomic seating will also ensure you’re relaxed no matter where your journey takes you, while a state-of-the-art infotainment system will ensure you are kept entertained while you’re on the road.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class’ loading & towing capabilities
Of course, you will want to know what the loading and towing capabilities of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class are.
Fortunately, you won’t be disappointed. The vehicle boasts a loading carrying potential weighing in at 1,100kg, while the pickup truck’s towing capacity can reach a claimed 3,500kg if you select the range-topping diesel V6 model.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class’ drive
When it comes to the drivetrain of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class, the vehicle is perfectly designed to be used in urban environments.
The car achieves a high ride comfort through such features as wide axles, a specially constructed suspension system, a five-link rear axle complete with coil springs and a spring/damper setup that is precisely calibrated.
The Concept X-Class’ drive is further enhanced by the fact that it boasts precise handling both on- and off-road, as well as the ability to always achieve agile cornering.
Release details of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class
Both the Adventurer and Explorer models of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class are set to go on sale across the UK towards the end of 2017.
While customers in the UK will only be able to choose from diesel versions of the pickup truck, there will be two- and four-wheel drive forms available. A wide variety of options and accessories engineered by Mercedes-Benz will also be available to enhance the vehicle.