At the launch of the GT 4-Door Coupe in Texas last week, Moers simply said that “there will be no X-Class AMG”, not now and not ever, as the “AMG culture would be a difficult fit with Nissan and Renault cultures”.
First and foremost, the X-Class is already the most expensive pickup truck in the segment. Thus, a high-performance derivative would make it even pricier, and could end up being a failure, so this scenario is enough to scare Merc’s execs.
And second, the X-Class is based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara, so stuffing a big V8 engine under the hood, like the widely-used twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit, would require a lot of work.
Of course, there’s always the possibility to combine the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline unit with an EQ Boost starter-alternator and call it the Mercedes-AMG X-Class 53, but Moers himself used the word “never” when referring to an AMG version of the vehicle.