Mercedes unveiled a concept version of its upcoming pickup at an event in Stockholm. The production version goes on sale in late 2017, but it may not come to the United States.
Confirming previous rumors, the truck will be called the X-Class. It’s a midsize pickup that will actually be sold under the Mercedes-Benz Vans division when it goes into production. The styling mixes traditional truck boxiness with some elements borrowed from Mercedes’ SUVs. Mercedes showed two versions of the X-Class concept: the “stylish explorer” features a more car-like look, with big wheels and a clean exterior, while the “powerful adventurer” is an off-road model, with a jacked-up ride height, fender flares, and a winch.
On the inside, design elements like round air vents and infotainment screens propped up atop the center stack tie both versions of the X-Class to Mercedes’ current cars and SUVs. The designs hint that the X-Class will be more of a luxury vehicle than a spartan workhorse. Mercedes promises connected services that will allow owners to track their vehicles’ locations and import navigation destinations from phones, among other features. The production X-Class will also feature “modern driver assistance systems based on cameras’ radar, and ultrasound sensors,” Mercedes says.
The X-Class will launch late next year in Europe, Australia, and South Africa, and a South American launch will follow sometime after that. A Mercedes statement noted that “while a pickup is under consideration for the U.S. market at some point, no timeline is available for a decision to be made.”
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