2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class spotted testing

Monday 19 June 2017, 18:39 PM by

Mercedes-Benz introduced an X-Class Concept last year. The luxury pickup truck was German carmaker’s first foray into the segment and the concept was given green flag late last year. A test mule was spotted undergoing cold weather testing a few months ago and now the lifestyle pickup has been spotted in southern Europe, doing the rounds of practical tests.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class spotted testing

Under all the camouflage, the X-Class prototype wears the familiar Mercedes’ family face. The carmaker’s first pick-up truck is expected to remain true to its concept with big LED-instilled headlamps, large avant-garde grille and massive proportions. The flatbed seems more practical now and the ladder-on-frame chassis lends a raised ride height to the luxury pick-up. The interior will also be in line with all the other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The Stuttgart-based carmaker is testing the new X-Class for hauling credentials which indicate that the carmaker will emphasise on the pick-up’s practical applications. Since it is based on the underpinnings of the Nissan Navara, the production-spec X-Class won’t have much issue going where the roads end. Mercedes-Benz has boasted of a payload capacity of 1.1 tonnes in the bed and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes while showcasing the concept.

When launched, the X-Class will be either available with two-wheel or all-wheel drive layout. Engine options could be a turbo-diesel 3.0-litre V6 apart from a range of four-cylinder engines paired with manual and automatic transmissions. The performance oriented AMG-badged X-Class is highly unlikely, however, not completely ruled out.

2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class spotted testing

It will be built at Nissan’s facility in Spain and in Argentina by Renault as a part of Mercedes agreement with Nissan-Renault Alliance. Expect the X-Class to be showcased in the production spec at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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