Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed the new Concept X-CLASS that gives a concrete outlook on its future pickup, the X-Class. The brand bearing the three-pointed star will become the first premium manufacturer to occupy the promising segment of mid-size pickups. The future model will combine the best of two worlds which is demonstrated with two design variants of the concept car. The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer illustrates that the future X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic pickup – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. The Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer goes a step further and shows what will distinguish the pickup bearing the Mercedes star.
The top-of-the-line model will be powered by a V6 diesel in combination with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The powerful drive system and the tough ladder-type frame will make a payload of more than 1.1 ton and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tons possible. Enough power for transporting some four cubic meters of firewood on the pickup bed and a sailboat hooked up to the trailer coupling, for example. At the same time, the specially constructed suspension with wide axles, a five-link rear axle with coil springs, and a precisely calibrated spring/damper set-up will ensure a high ride comfort – on the road and off the road.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: ‘With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.’