May 15, 2017
Mercedes vans have announced their entry into the pick-up market with the new Mercedes X-Class pick-up van. Vansdirect reveals everything we now know about the pick-up that will join the market in 2018.
Mercedes vans, the company who bring you the excellent Citan, Vito and Sprinter are adding the X-Class to their portfolio. Mercedes vans are expected provide a full reveal to the public later this year. Mercedes have already previewed the new X-Class pick-up van with two concept vans, they will employ a platform sourced from Renault-Nissan.
Both concepts of the Mercedes X-Class pick-up are built on a platform sourced by Renault–Nissan, they share the robust ladder frame platform used by the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan pick-up vans. The concept vans were used to display the versatility of the new Mercedes X-Class pick-up. On show as a ‘Powerful Adventurer’, showing the toughness of the new X-Class and a ‘Stylish Explorer’ to represent Mercedes’ claim that this is the first premium pick-up van. Mercedes also claims that the new X-Class “will set new standards in a growing segment.”
Mercedes also wants to focus on the dual use of the Mercedes X-Class pick-up. The X-Class will be available as a 5-seater double cab pick-up, which will allow the truck to be used as a working van and also a passenger van. The two concept vans are visual evidence of the flexibility that the Mercedes X-Class will provide, with a whole host of different features in line with both concepts, for example the “Powerful Adventurer” is fitted with a fire extinguisher on the dash. Not all models will be as generously fitted with concept extras, however Mercedes are upbeat that regardless of the spec of X-Class that you choose, they will be a higher standard than other pick-ups currently on the market.
There is still little information regarding the engines and powertrain of the Mercedes X-Class, however we do know that a 4MATIC four-wheel drive system with two locking differentials will be used and an alternative 4×4 system that can be switched between rear and all-wheel drive will also be available. Top of the range Mercedes X-Class models will be fitted with a V6 Mercedes diesel engine, whereas it is speculated that lower spec models will be fitted with the 2.3-litre diesel engine from the Nissan Navara.
The Mercedes X-Class pick-up will cater for a payload up to 1,200kg, while having an impressive towing weight of 3,500kg. The rear-suspension within the X-Class will be the 5-link set-up from the Nissan Navara pick-up, however this has been completely adjusted by Mercedes’ in the search for increased refinement. In terms of safety, you can expect a whole host of driver assistance systems, including Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) found in the Nissan.
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