Luxurious vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has used a platform in Stockholm, Sweden, as the opportunity to reveal its concept double cab pickup truck — the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class.
The vehicle, which is being developed as part of a three-way joint venture with parent company Daimler’s alliance partner Renault Nissan and so will be produced alongside sister models the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan, has already received high praise 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”, for example, 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.”
Van retailer, Van Monster, delves into what makes the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class so special…
There’s Two 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 and you will be presented with the more rugged version of the two pickup trucks available. What this means is a generous amount of ground clearance, a four-wheel-drive setup, additional wheel arch and body side cladding, and wheels and tyres which are designed to cope with being use off-road.
Meanwhile, the Concept X-Class Explorer is the more stylish model. As a result, you’ll be able to capture attention wherever you go thanks to 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.
One of the first things that you are sure to notice upon clapping eyes on the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class will be its traditional grille highlighted by a prominent and centrally mounted three-point star emblem.
The Concept X-Class pickup truck is also receiving the iconic German manufacturer’s latest headlamp lineage — meaning lights which are both stylish in their designs and practical in their functionality — as well as a series of sharp lines across the vehicle’s bonnet and doors.
Step inside the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class — accessible via four conventional front-hinged doors — and you’ll be presented with a cabin that’s set out with two individual seats in the front and a bench seat to the rear.
Prepare to be amazed when seeing the pickup truck’s interior for the first time too, as the cabin is being finished in a fine selection of high-quality materials. Ergonomic seating will also ensure you’re relaxed no matter where your journey from A to B takes you, while a state-of-the-art infotainment system will ensure you are kept entertained while you’re on (or possibly even off) the road.
The Loading and Towing Capabilities
Of course, you will want to know what the loading and towing capabilities are in regards to the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class due to this being a pickup truck.
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 of the range.
When it comes to the drivetrain of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class, take note that the vehicle is perfectly designed to be used in urban environments.
This is made possible due to the pickup truck achieving 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.
Both the Adventurer and Explorer guises 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 to select between. A wide variety of options and accessories engineered by Mercedes-Benz will also be available to enhance the vehicle.