Mercedes X-Class Unveiled, Looks To Upstage The VW Amarok

Mercedes has officially unveiled the new X-Class pickup truck.

Billed as the first pickup from a premium manufacturer, the X-Class features a prominent grille which is flanked by LED-infused headlights. The truck has also been equipped with plastic body cladding, muscular wheel arches, and vertical taillights.

Three different configurations will be offered including a work-focused X-Class Pure, a consumer-grade X-Class Progressive, and a lifestyle variant dubbed the X-Class Power.

Regardless of which model is selected, all will feature a practical bed that comes standard with cargo area lighting and a 12-volt socket which can be used to power equipment such as air compressors and saws. The truck also has a rear bumper with an integrated step but that can be removed to allow the tailgate to open a full 180 degrees.

The interior doesn’t live up to the luxurious X-Class concepts but it comes equipped a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and circular air vents. Entry-level models have black fabric seats but higher-end variants can be ordered with leather upholstery.

A variety of different options will be available including a leather-wrapped dashboard, woodgrain trim, and a freestanding infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display.

At launch, the X-Class will be offered with two different four-cylinder engines. The X 220 d will have a 2.3-liter turbo-diesel that produces 163 PS (120 kW), while the X 250 d will have a biturbo-diesel developing 190 PS (140 kW).

The company also has plans to offer an X 200 with 165 PS (122 kW) and an X 350 d with a V6 engine producing 258 PS (190 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque.

Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will come standard on most models but all-wheel drive will also be available.

Despite wearing a tri-star logo, Mercedes says the truck is fully-capable of handling work duty as it features a ladder-type frame and a solid rear axle. The company also notes the truck has a payload capacity of 1.1 tonnes (1.2 tons) which is enough to carry 17 barrels of beer. Customers will also be happy to know the model can tow up to 3.5 tonnes (3.8 tons) which is enough to haul a trailer carrying three horses.

Speaking of capability, the X-Class comes standard with 202mm (7.9 inches) of ground clearance but that can be increased to 222mm (8.7 inches) with an optional off-road suspension. The model also has a breakover angle of 20.4°, a fording depth of 600mm (23.6 inches), and approach/departure angles of up to 30.1° and 25.9°.

The X-Class will go on sale in Europe this November and German pricing starts at €37,294. It will eventually be offered in a number of other countries including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.


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  • salamOOn
    • Matt

      What? Th Merc interior looks really modern and unique in this segment. The Navara’s dashboard is a tacky mess by comparison.

      • salamOOn

        yeah, huge plain and flat plastic surfaces are really modern…

        big plain plastic in the centre console and then deep down behind shifter you have small ac controls…how usable!
        was it really that expensive to move them up? something like audi a4 AC control pannel would look great right under the vents.

        big plain plastic decor in front of the passanger (why not put another storage box in there?something like skoda kodiaq)…… big plain plastic surface at almost flat looking (2D) doors….

        the only good looking things are vents, display and steering wheel.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Typical Merc interior…Uber-bland

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Typical US manufacturer concept trick…build an awesome concept then dumb it WAY down and remove the best parts for production. Are they taking lessons from GM?

  • DuDE

    Front end is no where near the gorgeous X-class concept.

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    MB would be fools to not bring this to the states. I would totally go get groceries in this, may grab some bark-mulch in the Spring or something.

    • Christian


      • seriously

        if youre going to be a troll at least be witty otherwise go sit your azz down

        • Christian

          look it up….lol..It’s true…

        • Tumbi Mtika

          He’s right, you know. -_-

          Not that I even want this anyways…

      • I’mCallingYouOut

        why did you delete your prior comment?

        • Christian

          lol. I WAS about to say what are you on about, but hey – not every comment you make are fun. Sit down, sir. :=

      • David

        And it’s called “chicken tax”, dummy.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      I agree. There are some aspects of the design I don’t like, I would be buying this truck. There are no current light trucks in the US that I have any interest in and I have no need for a full size truck. I’m hoping Ford can woo me with the Ranger when it returns.

      As for the “chicken tax”, there are ways to circumvent it. However, I assume Mercedes has done their research and it is not worth the hassle. I just can’t see how the US market is not one of the biggest for this truck.

  • Shane

    I’d probably just take this Toyota Tacoma being advertised on the ride side of my screen.

  • Gullet

    I am very, VERY disapointed. Mercedes’ concept car vs production car matches Subaru.

    • MultiKdizzle

      I have never seen a good-looking pickup truck, this is no different.

      The bed always ruins the roofline. Pretty bad effort tho.

    • Cobrajet

      The only real difference between them was the front end.

  • Adi

    Navara has more luxurious interior than this. Shame…

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Mitsubishi Mirage has a more luxurious interior than this.

  • Kaisuke971

    The interior looks bare af

  • Eunos

    It’s just glorified Navara, which is not necessarily bad thing, but they should’ve made it a bit more distinctive. I feel like if you cover the front, you can’t tell if it is Navara or X -class

    • seriously

      You could say that about alot of VW Groups lineup that its just a glorified version of something else (glorified also as a definition doesnt fit) and nobody has anything to say about it……

      • Eunos

        Well, I don’t mind that fact, but design-wise it should’ve been more independent. As far as I can see, the cabin is 100 % identical to the Navara. At least most VAGs have diferent bodies.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Yep. The front end looks good but they did not make the rear end distinctive enough. The rear looks like a bad Chinese knock off of the concept. While the interior is nice, it would be great if it was more luxurious for high spec models. The truck is good looking overall and I wish it was coming to the states.

  • Cameron

    Meh its okay…. Body looks a little funny, interior reminds me of the 15 Colorado I had. No way I would spend 40k+ on this truck.

    • seriously

      a new Colorado costs 40k plus why would this be less than that??? pretty dumb just being honest

      • Cameron

        I got my Colorado brand new in 2014 when they first came out and paid 34k fully loaded LT after TTL and a bunch of warranties, so no you are wrong lol.

        • seriously

          1st. yeah an LT isnt the top model (still pretty dumb)…..2nd.The fact that chevrolet CONSTANTLY has rebates and discounts and sales off its MSRP doesnt change the fact that the MSRP is what it is……on a side note 34k still sounds to high for just an LT….when Chevrolet has pushing 15% off of MSRP a car that starts at 34k by the way and goes up from there….still proving my point why in all logic would a Mercedes truck costs less than a Colorado… I said pretty dumb…..

          • Cameron

            Of course its not the top model but I had all the bells and whistles below the ZL1, I also had 5k worth of extra warrenties. What im saying is you could get one for way under 40k as this one will be way over 40k. Don’t be a dick.

  • NissLover

    That interior is pretty bad. It’s as if they ran out of money before they could get to styling the underside of the dashboard. Same can be said about the tailgate. It just looks incomplete…

  • Nordschleife

    The concept…doable. The production version…abysmal. The concept hid its NIssan roots rather well, the production version does not. No bueno for me.

  • Ilbirs

    There are already some known details:

    1) The main engine will be the same 2.3-liter four-pot turbodiesel found in the Navara/Frontier outside the U.S., being available with a single turbocharger in the X220d (163 hp) and twin-turbocharged in the X250d (190 hp). The transmissions are the same used by Nissan: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic;

    2) By mid-2018 there will be the X350d, using a turbodiesel V6 from Mercedes and having five different driving options: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Off-road;

    3) Dimensions: 210 in. (5.34 m) long, 75.6 in (1.92 m) wide, 71.6 in. (1.82 m) wide and a wheelbase of 124 in. (3.15 m). Ground clearance is 7.95 in. (20.2 cm) and the approach angle is 20.4 degrees;

    4) For now the all-wheel drive system will have a locking rear differential and low-range gearing, but next year the X350d will have a more permanent all-wheel drive system more capable on off-roading;

    5) The first market where will be available is Europe, premiering in Germany this November. After this it’ll be available in early 2018 in South Africa and Australia, with Brazil and Argentina having it in early 2018, as this will be produced in the same assembly line where Frontier and Alaskan will also be made, in the city of Córdoba.

  • seriously

    Those interior plastics are horrendous I was guessing they would do a mercedes quality interior

    • Matt

      How do you know the quality is bad? Hard plastics are more durable and practical in a workhorse, you can’t get around that. At least Mercedes made it look distintive.

      • seriously

        “Sweety” get your panties out of a bunch take a motrin and go have a seat.

        • Matt

          Seriously, that’s weak.

  • Christian Wimmer

    The concept looked so much better. This is toned down way too much for my tastes.

    Also, while the interior looks good in terms of materials, the design looks unusually boring for a Mercedes, who are on a roll right now with interior design in my opinion. Yeah, it’s a premium working vehicle but compared to the Volkswagen Amarok I think I’d go with the VW, which I think looks better inside and out.

  • PhilMcGraw
    • Cameron

      Id rather have that honestly.

      • Shane

        At least with the Ford you get HALF of what you paid for haha.

    • seriously

      I agree theyre both trucks with 4 doors…

  • Ermal Morina

    Dissapointed from the interior a bit to be honest,but overall looks quite amazing

  • An Existing Person

    I actually like this a lot. If this was brought to the U.S. I would be all over one as a potential daily driver.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    That interior!
    Talk about diluting the brand.

  • PK

    The baby G 6×6 without extra wheels.

  • TheBelltower

    The front looks good, like a typical MB SUV. The rear bed, however, looks third world. It’s as if Mercedes grafted an ML front end onto a tractor.

  • Galaxium

    Really disappointed. I thought the concept looked really good. The concept headlights and taillights looked extremely sleek. In production form… not so much

  • Tumbi Mtika

    What a disappointment. I had low expectations for this, and even I am shaking my head!

  • Jay

    So basically there’s no point for this. Unless you just genuinely want a truck with the MB emblem on it.

  • Karl

    Thank you MB for not bringing it to the U.S! That thing is horrible and cheap looking! Good God they could have done a better job here..

  • Dustin

    How much flak we gave GM, for example, for decades over badge engineering… This is the worst example of it ever. For shame, MB.

    Anyone who buys this is hurting the automotive realm.

    • Matt

      You’ve never seen the Mercedes Citan than.

    • ediotsavant

      This is not as bad as what GM did for many decades by building five versions of the same car with the only difference being the grille and names.

  • 31/12/2999
    • Matt

      lol that’s not even the Navara interior…

    • Eythan Aldrich

      the interior is from a Nissan Titan and NOT from a Navara dumba**

  • BlackPegasus

    It’s hideous! And that interior is downright insulting! 😖


  • ediotsavant

    Very impressive with what Mercedes have done. Wish they sell it here.

  • Pablo Ramírez

    BMW, Audi, please, please, please, don’t… just….. don’t… shame on you MB, very disappointed…is this a joke? The base model (black one), looks like those photoshopped luxury vehicles turned into low budget models… can’t stop shaking my head!

  • that steel wheel commercial version is my favourite.

  • SteersUright

    From sexy, wonderful concept to pedestrian, already forgotten, please let me know when they hopefully cancel this thing, design.

  • Matt

    I think people are forgetting that this is technically a Mercedes commercial vehicle, which is why it doesn’t have the kind of leather-wrapped interior of a Mercedes passenger car.

    It’s the same as bitching about the interior or design of a Mercedes Sprinter van. Its primary purpose is that of a functional workhorse, not as a pick-up alternative to say a GLE.

    Considering all current utes in this class have pretty basic, hard-wearing interiors, the X-Class brings a unique ‘concept-car’ miniminslist look to a segment of generic designs (or just plain tacky, looking at you Navara).

  • I don’t care much for Mercedes as a brand (yes I was born feet first) but considering they make some of the best off roaders (Unimog / G Class) it’s a complement they chose the Navara for its XClass.

    I didn’t know that they even took the Navara engine.

    Well done Nissan / Renault.

  • Robert

    That thing is hideous!

  • Anonymouse

    The base model looks good! the front fascia is nice and the rear is much more of a pick up feel. the only thing you will do is to upgrade with a 250/60 or a 275/55 R20 all season tires and an aftermarket mag wheels or an off-road tires. The suspension must tuned at the same time. By the way, ASEAN people is waiting for you!

  • Bob

    Oh boy, 17 barrels of beer? This solves a problem I never even knew I had.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Upstage the Amarok how? Looks like they COPIED the Amarok to me.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I wasn’t expecting much from MB when they presented the concept, but this is simply conglomerate laziness banking on brand image.

  • Skip

    it has ONE 12v bed socket, to power things like “saws”? What kind of saw can run of a cig lighter socket? Either the marketing or reality is pretty weak on this one.

  • Dansk

    I really wish they had used more of the concepts design language and not just the paint scheme. Although I’m disappointed im not shocked with the production version. I’d hold out for the second generation if there is one.

  • Braddo

    Shame. I was excited after seeing the concept. They changed nearly all of it. It now looks exactly like what it is – a Navara with a different face. Even the interior is a mess with bits looking like they are glued on top of Nissans bits. Screwed this up MB. If I had a deposit on this I would now ask for a refund.