Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed a new breed of pickup truck with the X-Class. Why a new breed? The X-Class is claimed to have much better ride comfort while on a proper road and according to the release, 'the X-Class can haul a payload of 1.1 tonnes'. Not humourous enough? To put this into perspective, Mercedes-Benz went on in the release to state that it can transport 17 full 50-litre barrels of beer. In addition to that, the X-Class also has the ability to tow an eight-metre yacht or three horses. So, it is either the sea or the farms with those barrels of beer for an early Oktoberfest. The most prominent change for this pickup truck in a barrage of other models is (not in India, but internationally) is the fact that this car, despite having the off-road capability and the ruggedness would 'drive like a car'. That would mainly be due to the fact that unlike most other pickup trucks, the X-Class will have coil springs all around as opposed to a leaf spring setup at the rear. Another significant change would be that in the barrage of pick up trucks available with other carmakers that carry forward the ruggedness with the compromise on the plastic quality or build quality of the materials inside. The X-Class, however, would exude a luxurious interior based on the company's claim.
Speaking of which, the interior has an automatic climate control, electrically adjustable bits like seats, ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) that would also fold electrically. The 8.4-inch infotainment unit is also claimed to be the largest display in the pickup segment. It is the same COMAND infotainment system which isn't a touchscreen unit but can be controlled through a touch panel placed on the centre console that recognises hand gestures for various operations. This unit can also be controlled through the steering mounted controls for phone and audio. In addition, the infotainment unit also supports navigation and a 360-degree parking camera for ease of parking a considerably large vehicle. The upper portion of the dash board gets Artico leather upholstery in either black or nut brown colour to add to the premium appeal.
The luxury pick-up truck would be available in three trims, Pure, Progressive, Power with the level of equipment increasing for each variant in that order and be built by Nissan as per an alliance between the two automotive giants. Like the Navara from the Japanese carmaker's portfolio, the X-Class will share the diesel engine option with the Nissan's pickup truck for which will be a 2.3-litre diesel unit in two states of tune. One tune will be a single turbocharger motor that generates 163 hp of power while the other tune will get a twin-turbocharged setup that churns out 190 hp of power. Both versions, badged as the X220d and X250d, are going to be available with optional all-wheel drive systems and will be offered in right-hand-drive as well as left-hand-drive layouts. Transmission option for these engines is a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed automatic transmission will also be available on request. Another V6 diesel engine will also join the lineup with the nomenclature of X350d. This will produce a massive 258 hp of power and 550 Nm of torque mated to a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Different driving modes along with ECO start/stop functionality would also be a part of the package for this powertrain. According to Mercedes-Benz, there hasn't been a pick-up truck that offers Eco, Sport, Manual and Off Road driving modes till date.
Considering that India has a very limited taste for such category of vehicles, it may be available as a direct import in the country. But, if officially announced for the country, it wouldn't see a large number of sales, which the German carmaker would also not be looking forward to. However, this is one pick up truck any purist would love to get her/his hands on provided the purist's budget allows.