People often think of pickup trucks as being rough and like something Ford or Chevrolet would make. Now, Mercedes has taken a big step by putting out the X-Class, which is their first pickup truck. In a few months, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck will be sold in some countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
Mercedes and Renault-Nissan have worked together to make the X-Class. In fact, it is based on the very popular Nissan Navara Pickup truck. So does that mean that Mercedes just put a three-pointed star on the grill and called it their own? No, the German company that made it says that they changed a lot of things to make it worthy of the Mercedes-Benz badge. This includes adjusting the suspension, making parts of the ladder frame chassis stiffer, making the steering ratio faster, and making changes to the design.
Why does Mercedes think that the Pickup truck market is a good one? The company thinks that the X-Class will start a new class of high-end pickup trucks. The company saw SUVs changing from tough, purpose-built cars to comfortable cars for families. Mercedes sees the same chance in the pickup truck market.
X-Class Engine & Gearbox
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will come with a variety of engines with either four or six cylinders. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine in the X 200 makes 165 PS. There will be two versions of the 2.3-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine: the X 220d (162 PS) and the X 250d (190 PS). Then there is the 260 PS V6 diesel engine X 350d. The Mercedes X-Class will have a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The Mercedes X-Class also has the Dynamic Selector, which gives it driving modes like Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual, and Offroad.
Price and Availability
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will start at around 29,000 GBP (without VAT) in the UK. Customers will start getting their packages in November of this year. There isn’t much chance that this pickup truck will be sold in India. But X-Class is important because it shows what plans Mercedes has for the future.
Mercedes released the GLS 63 AMG Special Edition and the G63 AMG Special Edition last month. And GLC 43 AMG was released last week for Rs 74.8 lakh.