The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class is a first glimpse at a mid-size pickup
In late 2017, Mercedes-Benz will introduce a mid-sized pickup, one of the few premium car manufacturers to delve into this realm. The premium truck market has always had limited offerings. Back in the 2000s, Lincoln created the Blackwood, available only in 2002, and later the LT, available from 2005-2009. The Cadillac Escalade EXT had better longevity, and was available from 2002 through 2013, but even that model saw a mostly steady decline in production after its first year.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class is a first glimpse at a mid-size pickup due from the company in late 2017. While styling is a subjective matter of taste, its hard to avoid the observation that the Mercedes-Benz is a more dynamic design than either recent Cadillac or Lincoln offerings, perhaps in part due to the fact that it is a fresh design from the ground up, whereas the Lincoln was based on the F-150, and the Cadillac was a sport utility truck based on the Escalade. Mercedes-Benz has the opportunity to redefine this market niche, much like they did with the M-Class SUV in the late 1990s.
The Concept X-Class is shown in two variants, the luxurious Stylish Explorer, and the more rugged Powerful Adventurer. The Powerful Adventurer, shown here in Lemonax metallic paint, exemplifies the off-road capabilities of the capabilities. Standing over 6 feet tall on oversized wheels, this concept features front and rear underride guard, matte carbon wheel arches, and a front electric winch.
The Stylish Explorer in white metallic paint differs in its single louvre grille, as well as its focus on on-road versatility, with its intregrated running boards and smaller tires set on 22" light alloy wheels. The X-Class will be part of a collaboration with Renault-Nissan. Nissan is the world's 2nd largest producer of mid-size pickups, and no doubt their experience will be leveraged when the X-Class debuts next year.