Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed, but it's not coming to the US

Pablo Tucker
July 19, 2017

The X-Class will offer 4-cylinder gasoline and turbodiesel engines, with the former making 163 horses and the latter 2.3-liter duo developing 161 with a single force feeder and 187 ponies with twin sequential turbos. At an event in South Africa today, the X-Class midsize pickup made its official debut, but sadly, Mercedes didn't confirm it was coming to the US.

When the X-Class goes on sale it will be offered with a choice of three engines.

Conveniently forgetting the Lincoln Blackwood and Mark LT and the Cadillac Escalade EXT-or, more likely, throwing massive shade at those American automakers-Mercedes has declared that its new X-class is "the first pickup from a premium manufacturer".

Mercedes-Benz has expanded its already extensive commercial vehicle range with the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute/pick-up. Four-cylinder models will be available with a choice of two and four wheel drive, with a selectable system 4x4 on four-cylinder models, and permanent four wheel drive as standard on the V6 - both four wheel drive systems feature low range gears and a rear diff lock is also available.

The dual-cab-only X-Class is based heavily on the Nissan Navara, and is built out of the same Spanish factory, but Mercedes says it has given its version a wider track and reworked the suspension to provide a more comfortable ride and better dynamics in corners.

In terms of interior design and available technology, the X-Class looks much more like a Mercedes-Benz than its donor vehicle, with a full range of infotainment and safety systems lifted from other Benz models.

Nissan and Mercedes-Benz teamed up to create the X-Class. In addition there are six different seat covers, including two leather variants, three sets of cockpit trim parts and a diverse range of accessories developed by Mercedes-Benz.

Depending on drivetrain options, the X-Class offers a maximum towing capacity of 7716 lbs, but every X-Class offers 2230 lbs of payload capacity.

And if you're now all excited to buy an X-Class, you can calm down. A tub liner, rear tie-down rails, towbar, and rear sports bar will also be available. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow at the beginning of 2018, as well as Argentina and Brazil a year later.

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