Mercedes-Benz Boss Now Says X-Class Pickup Could Come To The U.S.

Back in November last year, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, Dietmar Exler, said the company had no plans to offer the upcoming X-Class pickup truck in the US, but a new report says otherwise.

Citing Volker Mornhinweg, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, Reuters writes that Mercedes is now having second thoughts, and is studying the North American market to make a case for bringing the X-Class.

In the past year, the midsized truck market has come back a bit. General Motors is launching a midsized truck, we are watching developments very closely, and we will take a decision at the appropriate time“, explained Mornhinweg, while speaking at a press conference in Stuttgart. 

When asked where Mercedes could produce the X-Class in the US, Mornhinweg said the current facility in Argentina doesn’t have what it needs in order to satisfy demand, so a new assembly site in the United States could be considered.

Building upon the latest Nissan Navara, which also forms the base for the Renault Alaskan, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class was presented in concept form last year.  In the meantime, the Germans have started testing prototypes out in the open, which are believed to use some of Daimler’s engines, and the 4Matic all-wheel drive.

An exact reveal date is unknown at this time, but the pickup truck that will compete against the Volkswagen Amarok, among other trucks, should debut later in 2017.

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  • U8INIT

    It ain’t gone look nothing like this so I’m over it…keep it across the pond all I care…

  • NO RUSH.

  • Benjamin B.

    Money money money

  • datCubanguy

    all for an overpriced Nissan Navara!..

    • Ermal Morina

      erm… not really

      • datCubanguy

        not a Nissan Navara?..whats underneath that sheetmetal?

        • Status

          Inside and out, it certainly doesn’t look like any Nissan. It’s all in the presentation, and few care about the structure. Otherwise, it would be on display here.

          • May Czos

            It’s going to have different front but the passenger cabin and mechanics will be pretty much the same.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Uh…sure.

        • Ermal Morina

          Well,then the Bentayga is the same as a Volkswagen Toureg,but is it really?!
          No it isn’t,ohh boy it isn’t. I know we like making fun a bit about the Bentayga,but recently had the chance to get a closer look at it,and I think it’s quite an astonishing car.
          So thinking in the same ideology about the X class,I think it’s unfair

  • Tumbi Mtika

    NO!

  • smartacus

    Judging by the Mercedes GLA and Infiniti QX30 being assembled in separate countries;
    the rumor of it being built alongside the Frontier in Mississippi won’t happen.

    And i doubt MBUSI outside of Tuscaloosa has enough capacity to start building it.

    **one possible contender is Daimler’s upcoming Sprinter Van factory going up in Charleston SC.

  • AL

    Why not just make a cheaper version of the 6-wheel G63 without the million differentials and offer a V6 to keep costs down?

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