Mercedes-Benz is making its debut in the pickup truck or adventure lifestyle segment with the introduction of the X-Class. The German carmaker earlier revealed the X-Class pickup truck Concept in 2016 and now the manufacturer has released a teaser video just before its global unveil on 18th July. The X-Class concept showcased last year was in two formats -Powerful Adventurer and the Stylish Explorer. The X- Class pickup truck has been jointly developed under the alliance between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck is made on the same platform that underpins Nissan Navara as well as the Renault Alaskan. Although engine options will be confirmed at the global unveil, it is expected to get a set of four- cylinder, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Along with the engines, the pickup truck will get a rear-wheel-drive system for the lower versions while the top-end may come with the company's 4MATIC all-wheel- drive system as standard. The pickup truck will be manufactured at the Nissan facility in Spain and from there it will be sold in European, Australian and South African markets. For the Latin American market, however, the X-Class will be developed and supplied from another facility in Argentina. Manufacturing of the X-Class is expected to start from 2018.
In terms of design, Mercedes-Benz X-Class gets a large grille with a company's logo and new headlamp cluster. The Adventure version concept showcased last year got skid plates and a winch on the bumper for better off-roading capabilities. The Explorer concept was not meant for hardcore off-roading and got 22-inch alloy wheels along with a larger front bumper design.
The X-Class pick up truck will get LED tail lamp, an infotainment system, circular AC vents with automatic climate control. In addition, it will also get a number of safety and driver assistance systems including radar as well as ultrasound sensor based technologies. The company claims that the X-Class has a load carrying capacity of 1,110 kg and 3,500 kg depending on the variant on offer. For India, however, the market for such a vehicle is still at a nascent stage and there are only a few manufacturers selling cars in the pickup truck segment. That said, the X-Class would make an interesting proposition for a developing market like India if it is introduced for the right-hand-drive markets.