Mercedes-Benz Enters Global Pickup Market With X-Class

MB X-Class Reveal 1 II

At a special event in Cape Town, South Africa, Mercedes-Benz officially revealed its new X-Class global mid-size pickup truck. However, the X-Class isn't scheduled to be brought to the U.S. market — yet.

According to Mercedes-Benz, there will be two variants: a Powerful Adventurer and a Stylish Explorer. It seems as though the automaker has learned a few things from the introduction of the Metris (currently on sale in the U.S.), when it was criticized by some for offering the Metris only in the utility segments of the work van market.

However, with this new pickup — which shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara, a truck we will likely be getting in the form of the new Frontier next year — Mercedes seems to be learning that its brand can accommodate both work-truck and more luxury-minded buyers with a single vehicle. (Mercedes-Benz initially partnered with Nissan a few years ago in order to more quickly expand its commercial truck division into the growing world pickup markets.)

According to the press conference, there will be three trim packages for the initial run of X-Class pickups: Pure, Progressive and top-of-the-line Power. It will go on sale in Germany first, then spread out slowly across Europe. The price in Germany will be approximately 37,000 euros, or (given current exchange rates) about $43,000. Of course, to compete in the U.S. market, Mercedes would have to work on getting that pricing down considerably.

There's no doubt it will be quite a while before a Mercedes-Benz pickup truck is sold in the U.S., but we will be seeing the new ladder-frame Nissan Frontier next year. And if this recent decision by Mercedes to offer both an upper- and lower-level trim package is any indication of how versatile and how capable the new mid-size Nissan can be, then that bodes well for the U.S.-version of the next-gen Frontier.

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MB X-Class Reveal 1A III

MB X-Class 3 II

MB X-Class 1 II

MB X-Class 2 II

 

Comments

Really. papajim works for the UAW. Cut the crap.

@papajim: most know that that I was referring to a TIMMING belt.

The subject is a midsize Merceded truck, but, midsize trucks get compared to other midsize trucks, if you can imagine that?

Damn phone, I said Mercedes truck

@trx-4 Tom

Timming?

TRX,
Yes, way to small.

Why? Because a full size is bigger????

Come on man, pickups used to be mainly single cab with a 8' bed.

Now that most are crew cabs, 6'5" is the minimum??

Or, is that because it's a Ram?

85% of people will get away with a midsize bed in a pickup.

BAFO can post any foolishness he cares to, but someone else, not so much.

@Big Al: if you bothered to read, I said I have considered the new Colorado crew cab in the long bed only, that is because, like I said on here a dozen times, hard headed as you are, 5.4" bed wasn't enough, so I will consider a midesize crew cab only.

But, the Toyota and Nissan are licky to have 1200 pounds of payload in that configuration.

Maybe, just, by putting the word out there, they might know what to do to make their trucks wanted more.

If I just wanted big and huge, crew cab long bed 2500/250 series trucks are there. Those are too much truck for me. I don't need to pull anything that heavy, and the cost is unreal. Parking those bad boys makes them impractical too.

But, maybe if the Ram builds it how I want, I might go that way, because it is affordable, unlike Ford, and unless Ram screws up, is attractive, unlike the Shiverado, oops, Silverado, which they continue making brick trucks with ugly wheelwells, that shake and shimmy.

That is Nissan and Toyota are LUCKY, and in 4x4 configeration.

Oh, also Big Al, I still have two older Dodges with 8 foot beds.

But if I spend over 30K for a truck, I will atleast be able to have adequate space for my 3 y/o grandson, or any other grandkids that come along.

I used to like quad cabs, but not a lot of space for there baby/child seats, so crew it must be.

I can also make do with a 5'7" bed, not being a midsize, it makes up for the shortness by being wider.



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