Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Concepts Revealed, Nissan Navara Never Looked So Good [70 Pics & Videos]

Mercedes unveiled not one, but two pickup truck concepts previewing the regular production version of the X-Class.

Each of the two new concepts represents a different character, with the Stylish Explorer offering a premium and sporty experience while the Powerful Adventurer is the rugged hardcore off-roader.

The Stylish Explorer is set to preview most accurately the regular production double-cab X-Class model, with a plush interior, sporty bumpers and a set of big, 22-inch alloy wheels. The Powerful Adventurer on the other hand boasts a huge ground clearance, extra body cladding complete with wider wheel arches and off-road wheels and tires.

“With the X-Class, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” said Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche. “Our target is to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The pick-up will set new standards in a growing segment.”

Entry-level models will be offered with RWD as standard, with the all-wheel drive system offered as an option. The engine range will include four-pot petrol and diesel units without providing more information, with the show cars being powered by a V6 diesel engine which is expected to sit at the top of the range. The AWD V6-equipped X-Class can carry more than 1.1 ton, with a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tons.

“The Concept X-CLASS design variants interpret the hallmark brand design idiom of our SUVs in a most expressive form, and embody the dichotomy of our design philosophy: they are hot and cool”, said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its progressive design the powerful adventurer expresses cool modernity and thirst for adventure, while the stylish explorer on the other hand uses pure emotion to provide a tangible experience of modern beauty.”

AWD-equipped models will also come with low-range gearing, locking differentials and an advanced traction control to aid in the most extreme of off-road situations. The body-on-frame steel chassis might be shared with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan but Mercedes has retuned both the McPherson strut suspension up front and the five-link setup at the rear.

Mercedes also delivers on their promise to offer a cabin that’s unique to their models, with a unique dashboard design using styling cues from the company’s other models, including the round air vents and the infotainment system with the central touchpad to control it. In fact, the only common component with its Nissan-Renault siblings is the traditional hand-brake.

Mercedes says that they will launch the new X-Class pickup truck in Europe in late 2017. Production for the European, Australian and South African markets will take place at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain while the Latin American models will be built at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina in 2018.



  • IT’S UGLY.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The Infiniti version will look better 😉

      • KareKakk

        Maybe the Dacia too… 😉 …and even the Lada!

  • WG

    this truck is not gonna sell much…. disappointing product from merc

    • Andrewthecarguy

      This will sell like hot cakes. Smart that there will be the city version and the rugged version. Consider this: no one thought the Merc work vans would sell in the US and it is selling well. This truck will fit in nicely for those folks who need a truck more than a van.

    • Able

      I’m going to guess that you’re American. Here in Australia, $70-80,000 VW Amaroks and Ford Rangers sell very very nicely, same for Europe. Of course there’s a market for a Mercedes pick up! You’re also forgetting that Mercedes has a strong history of commercial vehicles too.

      • TheHake

        Nope, trucks don’t sell well in Europe. Unfortunately.

  • hwkr_01

    I can understand a Honda Ridgeline truck for someone that doesn’t need a full on truck for typical truck hauling needs but also wants to cruise around town easily and inexpensively but where does this fall? Its like a bentley bentyaga. Ugly, (going to be) highly overpriced, and probably wont be able to half of what the nissan navara counterpart can do. The Ridgeline can tow much more than this Merc granted its using a 4 cylinder and the Honda uses a V6.

    I feel like this is Mercedes’ way of just using their immense pool of money and engineering to make something that nobody needs or wants.

    I can see it being reasonable if it didn’t have the excessively gaudy S-class inspired interior and made it more subtle for anyone would want a truck. No more than $45,000 range for something of this nature.

  • Marty

    I’m not sure I can see any sheet metal that is identical with the Navarra.

    • Evo45

      Only side windows, and that’s it.

      • Kash

        Mercedes changed the front window design to be completely flat at the bottom where the Navara flicks up at the mirrors. Then other than the crease at the bottom, the rear doors are the same as the Navara.

        People aren’t gonna pay attention to the shape of the rear side windows either because Toyota, Honda, and Ford all used a similar shape on the Tacoma, Ridgeline, and Ranger.

      • Marty

        Yup. But still, they haven’t managed to make it look like a Mercedes.

  • Evo45

    They’re like AMG GT S and Nissan Navara had two kids, the front looks weird

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Lol. And wassup with the Ford Focus headlights?

      • Evo45

        I don’t know actually, it’s still weird for a pickup truck.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    This will sell like hot cakes. Smart that there will be the city version and the rugged version. Consider this: no one thought the Merc work vans would sell in the US and it is selling well. This truck will fit in nicely for those folks who need a truck more than a van.

    • Kash

      I’m Surprised they have no plans of selling it here because of how well their vans are doing.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        I think they will. If the G Wagen has done as well as it has, then I don’t see why this wouldn’t sell.

  • Kash

    No one is gonna be able to look at this and go “oh yeah, that a nissan.” and that’s a very good thing. I only see 2 things identical between this and the Navara. 1) the rear door shape 2) the shape of the rear side windows

  • Dustin

    This is a pretty awful product, IMO. About as appealing as a Lincoln Blackwood – and I hope as successful.

  • KenjiK

    2 questions : why, and for who?

    • Ilbirs

      Why: it’s a matter of when, and not if, the time when will be released compact trucks from premium manufacturers. If it’s not Mercedes, could be Audi with an Amarok wearing a tuxedo or other possibilities.

      For who: people in places outside North America that drive compact trucks and would have some appeal to see something from Mercedes, a brand that is both strong in premium cars and commercial vehicles. If it will steal sales from Hilux and other models, we’re yet to see.

      • KenjiK

        Actually, i don’t get why anyone would take this over a SUV or “coupé”-SUV if looking “cool” is what the buyer is looking for.
        Then, i don’t see who would buy this. North america is probably the biggest market for trucks. No one will buy that thing over a japanese or american truck. I know Mercedes makes pretty good offroad cars (G Class), but even IF this comes out as a rebranded Nissan, they WILL ask a BIG premium over the navara.Those vehicles are being bought for practical utility (aka working), not for the cool factor.
        No one will take that overpriced truck over premium SUV or sedan, at least that’s my opinion.

        • TheHake

          I would buy one. The practicality of a pick-up with the comfort of a luxury car, with off-road ability as well. I would definitely buy one.

        • Matt

          In Asia and Australasia these smaller utes are extremely popular, and double as many people’s work and family vehicle. They are big sellers.

  • AstonMartin

    I want.

  • SgtBeavis

    I want to see a commercial version. It makes little sense to me that MB would make a luxury only pickup. It makes the world of sense for them to do this for their commercial product lines.

    • Matt

      The production version will be more ‘commercial’. You can already tell that the interior is quite basic (if you ignore the ‘concept’ bits).

  • R1S0

    i like the one with those thick tyres… but i would choose navara over this…

  • Guest

    BRING BACK Mercedes under facelift, they going down and thats even possible?

  • U8INIT

    This thing is more production ready to my eyes…Absolutely no effort went into this thing…still want one thou…AMG preferred!

  • TrevP

    Pick-up truck is the LAST thing I think of when the word Mercedes-Benz is brought up. It’s a cool concept, but stupid to put into production for the MB brand.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Stupid? When you consider in the US about half of the vehicles sold were trucks, Ford and GM making huge profits from the F150 & Silverado/ GMC variants, Mercedes-Benz couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer.

      • TrevP

        But Mercedes-Benz isn’t a brand that should produce such a vehicle. With logic like that, Toyota should be making a Rolls-Royce competitor and Bugatti should be producing an SUV. Your logic doesn’t make sense.

        • CarCzarDesigner

          >>”Mercedes isn’t a brand that should produce such a vehicle”<< Really? Based on what, exactly? Your warm and fuzzy, know-nothing feelings?

          Logic like Toyota should be making a Rolls-Royce competitor? Man! You are really clueless! Stay in Stupid-ville, dude! It suits you!

          • TrevP

            Wow you really have an attitude. “Stay in stupid-ville?” good one man, good one.

  • psiqtas

    “So GOOD…” Are You kidding me???

  • Tumbi Mtika
  • klowik

    This should be used as the base of the next G-class, or GL.

    • Matt

      You want the next G-Class and luxury GLS to be based on the Nissan Navara? Are you kidding?

      • donald seymour

        Why not?

        • Matt

          Well for one, the GLS is monocoque construction (better COG, weight, ride and handling) The Navara is body-on-frame. There’s also the small matter of having a $200k+ luxury ‘S-Class’ of SUV’s based on a glorified farm truck…

          When it comes to the G-Class, I think it’s military pedigree and the famous durability of one of the world’s most iconic SUV’s would be undermined somewhat by the knowledge Mercedes outsourced its platform to a mediocre Thai-built pick up.

          • donald seymour

            I’m speaking of the exterior design being implemented in the SUV range and not the structural architecture.

  • AB

    I’m sorry, but I think this is the stupidest thing ever from MB. Well I’m not totally sorry… that’s my opinion.

    • stallion999

      Just wait for the BMW M Truck

  • Jay

    Weird, the front is too much Mercedes and at the same time not enough.

  • KareKakk
  • Ilbirs

    As said before, it’ll be stylistically deceptive and mechanically I also see that there won’t be so important differences when comparing to the Frontier from what it derives. Even the independent rear suspension that was rumored I put in doubt. The reason?

    Did you notice the protruding differential ball typical of live axles? This could be another way to share parts with the “poor cousins” Frontier and Alaskan. As we’re seeing concept vehicles, even if production-ready proportioned, these X-Classes could be in practice a change in a regular Frontier just to have lines that are presentable to the public, with the actual production version having another configuration. However, the disguised test mules also have live axle:

    This would mean that X-Class would be on the same basic formula of the competition and also from its siblings from Renault-Nissan, being different from them in the bed shape and the external stampings of the four doors:

    Let’s wait for the mechanical specs, something I still wait to be more Mercedes, as the brand has Otto and Diesel four-pots and a diesel V6 and theoretically wouldn’t need to use the Franco-Japanese powerplants.

  • bd

    Looks like a Hyundai up front.

  • TheHake

    I want one!

  • Well for everyone panning this truck, all I have to say is remember Cayenne, remember Panamera…vehicles originally panned that went on to be the most profitable and huge sales successes…there is a market for these things and it would be foolish for Benz to ignore…they have nothing to lose…

  • Mind Synthetic

    for a hill billy who just won a lottery, muricahhh…….. …. … .. .

  • let the renders begin..

  • roy

    kill this with fire

  • Enter Ranting

    The definition of pointless.

  • S3XY

    Pretty stupid and unrealistic.

  • Dennis James

    Well, I really like it.