Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Won’t Make It To the US After All

North America, and the US in particular, is a big pickup truck consumer, which makes Daimler’s decision not to launch the X-Class on this market somewhat odd.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2016 LA Auto Show, the brand’s USA CEO, Dietmar Exler, told Autonews that the car company has no plans of launching it in the States. At least not its first generation, anyway.

“Once the next version of the truck comes out – when we see the next iteration – there might be an opportunity to bring it in the medium and long-term“, Exler commented. “We want to bring it when we believe it makes sense as Mercedes to bring out the pickup truck.

In the meantime, the X-Class is getting ready to make transition from concept to production, using Nissan’s expertise in the field. The premium workhorse shares the same nuts and bolts with the Navara, but benefits from retuned suspension on both ends and adds an unique cabin layout, inspired by other models in the company’s lineup.

The first units of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class should be seen on Europe’s roads late next year, followed by South America in 2018.


  • Nordschleife

    Boo. I know many posers who would have loved to purchase this.

  • Akira

    Then I really don’t understand who will buy this. In Europe all pickups really are used for work and the VW Amarok that tried to be a posher offer is a failure.

    • TheHake

      How can you say the Amarok is a failure? It sells like hot cakes! They have completely taken over the market in NW Europe.

  • Kash

    Idiots. I love Mercedes but sometimes they’re just complete idiots.

  • Mickey Jones

    Perhaps Nissan doesn’t want to be embarassed by it’s outdated mid-sized pickup or they don’t want competition with a refreshed Frontier …. if we ever see it.

  • Benjamin B.

    Go figure

  • Karl

    Nice Nissan!

  • Mark S

    We will have the New Frontier so no worries. I can’t imagine people paying the MB premium here, when they could buy a nicer full sized truck for the same price.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Are you sure?

      • Mark S

        Are you?

        • Tumbi Mtika

          I asked first 🙂

  • Tumbi Mtika


  • Maa_4861

    It would be more sesible to offer it only in the US, and other ountries later. Maybe they are afraid that they might not be able to keep up with the order numbers.

  • Good move…this truck isn’t ready for prime time in the US… it’s just a bloviated Nissan…MB has to design from the ground up a proper specced vehicle that’s sturdy and durable…

    • Bob

      Gee I wonder how much the government subsidy will be on this if it ever cones to the US 10,000 or more

      For a pick up with a 80 mile range .

      • When MB does its own design, it would most likely be built in the US… almost everything and everyone in the US get some sort of subsidy from mortgage rate interest deduction (subsidies for home owners /construction industries/banks), roads (subsidies for automakers/construction/oil), quantative easing (subsidies for banks/Wall Street), Food Stamps (subsidies for the poor and farmers)… basically everyone gets a piece of the pie…

        • Bob

          When you push a product with a subsidy because it’s overpriced says it all

          Obamacare is a good case for this .

          • I agree with you on Obamacare…the concept is good, execution was/is very flawed…

  • dumblikeyou2

    Maybe it’s just a pick-up version of the full-size SUV they plan to offer one day. That makes more sense to start with.

  • smartacus

    Titan is already made in the USA so it’s not even subject to the chicken tax.
    X-Class in the USA would have been a no-brainer.

    What in the world could have possibly made them change their minds?

    • KareKakk

      And in Europe they will any way compete with both the Nissan and the Renault-version Alaskan… strange choice. Maybe Ghosn of RNA has set some demands to production schedule and market access.

  • fluffy

    seems like somebody made a deal and told Mercedes to stay out of the US with this.. Surely they built this truck with the US in mind, puzzling.

  • Angel J Astacio

    Both Ford and GM have reduced their production of mid-size pickup trucks in the last decade. The sales of mid-size pickup trucks have decreased significantly. In 2016, 80% of USA pickup trucks sales have been full-size pickup trucks. So, why Mercedes would bother selling a mid-size pickup trucks in the USA?

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