Well we hardly know where to begin. Mercedes-Benz just took the wraps off its first pickup ever. It’s dubbed the Concept X-Class. And from what we can see, it was worth the wait. (And unfortunately the U.S. will be waiting literally to find out if will ever reach our shores.)
The midsize truck is every inch a Benz from bumper to bumper and a production version launches in Europe next year.
This is our first look of the pickup since it was announced in March 2015. Mercedes showed off two models. One outfitted for off-road use. The other truck was a high-end luxury model in white. It’s wood-trimmed, leather, polished aluminum interior gets our thumbs up.
By now you can tell Mercedes is going after drivers who want truck that’s less of a workhorse and more of a luxury car or SUV-experience. That’s not to say it won’t have muscle. The top-of-the-line model will offer a V6 Diesel engine in combo with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. Towing capacity is up to 3.5 tons.
It will sport specially constructed suspension with wide axles, a five-link rear axle with coil springs, and a precisely calibrated spring/damper set-up will ensure a high ride comfort – on the road and off the road. Mercedes is also talking up its precise steering, comfy ride and agile cornering. Benz even says it will absorb bumps in a “superior” fashion.
Style-wise it’s sleek while being athletic with some impressive ground clearance.
The front features Mercedes’ signature SUV radiator grille. Front and rear underride guard, wing claddings, and matte carbon wheel arches also highlight its off-road look. There’s an electric winch at the front and a metal hook in the rear.
The flared front and rear wings make room for a wide track and large tyre/wheel combinations for off-roading. There’s a continuous LED light strip in a slim chrome surround on the tailgate.
The 22-inch light-alloy wheels with a contrasting anthracite chrome finish get our thumbs up, too.
Inside we’re a fan of the leather seats and round air vents. There is no shortage of technology, either. There is a free-standing high-resolution central display as well as a multifunctional touchpad with gesture control. It will also offer Mercedes me connected services. It allows drivers to connect remotely with the truck via smartphone and do things like find out where it’s parked or how much fuel is in the tank. Of course, it will be outfitted with a bunch of safety and driver assistance features.
Now for the bad news. We’re not sure if it will make ever make it stateside. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz