Mercedes-Benz reveals its X-Class pick-up

Logically, the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up – which has just been unveiled in pre-production Concept form – will be marketed by the firm's van division.

Such a tactic could alienate some potential 'lifestyle' buyers though, because they might be the sort of people who wouldn't dream of setting foot inside a commercial vehicle dealership. Nevertheless, X-Class is being touted as a premium product.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Adventurer' (2016) Front SideMercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Adventurer' (2016) Interior

That's despite sharing its underpinnings with the relatively humble Nissan NP300 Navara and Renault Alaskan. Indeed, when deliveries begin late next year, X-Class production for Australia, Europe and South Africa will be sourced from Nissan's factory in Barcelona, Spain. Similarly, every X-Class sold across South America is going to be built at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Adventurer' (2016) Rear SideMercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Explorer' (2016) Front Side

If the Concept X-Class is a reliable indicator, then cabin ambience is likely to be a key attribute. For instance, the 'explorer' boasts white nappa and brown nubuck leather upholstery, as well as oak wood and brushed aluminium elements. Nappa leather also appears in the slightly more utilitarian 'adventurer' version, along with matte carbon-fibre trim pieces.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Explorer' (2016) DashboardMercedes-Benz Concept X-Class 'Explorer' (2016) Rear Side

Thanks partly to a ladder-type chassis, Mercedes-Benz is promising a payload of at least 1.1 tonnes and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. Furthermore, permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive plus two differential locks should ensure decent all-terrain performance. On-road ride comfort isn't being neglected either, because the specification is set to include a five-link rear axle with coil springs (rather than a crude leaf spring arrangement).

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