Mercedes-AMG X-Class Will Never Happen, Says Performance Brand’s Boss

Ford may be kicking it with the Raptor version of the Ranger, and of course the F-150, but this is not enough to make Mercedes-Benz authorize an AMG version of the X-Class.

Mercedes-AMG’s lack of interest in a high-performance X-Class was confirmed by the Affalterbach-based brand’s head honcho, Tobias Moers, reports CarSales.

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”.

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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.

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  • “AMG culture would be a difficult fit with Nissan and Renault cultures”.
    That means no Navara (NP300 in Mexico) Nismo and no Alaskan RS.

  • Galaxium

    I will never get over how the X-Class ended up looking the way it did

  • pcurve

    AMG used to mean something. Now I count 26 models on AMG site.

    • Elmediterraneo

      Current and future AMG known and there is only 75 models including the Project One
      A-class : A35, A45, A45s
      CLA : CLA 35, CLA 45, CLA 45s (Next Generation)
      GLA : GLA 35, GLA 45, GLA 45s (Next Generation)
      GLB : GLA 35, GLB 45, GLB 45s
      C-class Saloon : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Estate : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Coupe : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Cabriolet : C43, C63, C63s
      GLC : GLC 43, GLC 63, GLC 63s
      GLC Coupe : GLC 43, GLC 63, GLC 63s
      E-class Saloon : E53, E63, E63s
      E-class Estate : E53, E63, E63s
      E-class Coupe : E53
      E-class Cabriolet : E53
      CLS : CLS 53
      GLE : GLE 53, GLE 63, GLE 63s (New Generation)
      GLE Coupe : GLE 53, GLE 63, GLE 63s (New Generation)
      S-class Limousine : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      S-class Coupe : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      S-class Cabriolet : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      GLS : GLS 63, GLS 73 (Next Generation)
      AMG “baby-GT” Coupe : 35, 45, 45s
      AMG “baby-GT” Roadster : 35, 45, 45s
      AMG SL Roadster : SL 53, SL 63, SL 63s, SL 73 (Next Generation)
      AMG GT Coupe : GT 63, GT 63s, GT 63R (Facelift)
      AMG GT Roadster : GT 63, GT 63s, GT 63 R (Facelift)
      AMG GT 4 Door : GT 43, GT 53, GT 63, GT 63s, GT 73
      AMG Project One

      • ksegg

        Ridiculous. It’s all gone so wrong so fast.

    • ksegg

      I share the same sentiment.

  • klowik

    why would any spend money on more performance for a Utility vehicle whose main the purpose is for carrying stuff & gear in the back tray?? There may be few but not justified for Merc to spend money on development.

    • StrangerGP

      There are always a few strange people who would pay extra for it, but yeah, there aren’t many of them. I remember when Ford was selling a sport version of the Transit and failed.

  • Bob

    The X-Class should have never happened.

    • ksegg

      Yeah? I’ll one up you.

      HALF of these shouldn’t have happened. But here we are.

      A-class : A35, A45, A45s
      CLA : CLA 35, CLA 45, CLA 45s (Next Generation)
      GLA : GLA 35, GLA 45, GLA 45s (Next Generation)
      GLB : GLA 35, GLB 45, GLB 45s
      C-class Saloon : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Estate : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Coupe : C43, C63, C63s
      C-class Cabriolet : C43, C63, C63s
      GLC : GLC 43, GLC 63, GLC 63s
      GLC Coupe : GLC 43, GLC 63, GLC 63s
      E-class Saloon : E53, E63, E63s
      E-class Estate : E53, E63, E63s
      E-class Coupe : E53
      E-class Cabriolet : E53
      CLS : CLS 53
      GLE : GLE 53, GLE 63, GLE 63s (New Generation)
      GLE Coupe : GLE 53, GLE 63, GLE 63s (New Generation)
      S-class Limousine : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      S-class Coupe : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      S-class Cabriolet : S63, S73 (Next Generation)
      GLS : GLS 63, GLS 73 (Next Generation)
      AMG “baby-GT” Coupe : 35, 45, 45s
      AMG “baby-GT” Roadster : 35, 45, 45s
      AMG SL Roadster : SL 53, SL 63, SL 63s, SL 73 (Next Generation)
      AMG GT Coupe : GT 63, GT 63s, GT 63R (Facelift)
      AMG GT Roadster : GT 63, GT 63s, GT 63 R (Facelift)
      AMG GT 4 Door : GT 43, GT 53, GT 63, GT 63s, GT 73
      AMG Project One

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