There’s no argument that Mercedes X-Class is late to the SUV Utility market. Toyota, at last in Australia, is the undisputed king of that segment and others, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Nissan Navarra, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Triton and others have a materially giant head-start. Car Business presents recent information about the luxury SUV
So why now? Whilst M/B maybe the early adopter with technology, the introduction of ‘ordinary’ models, those that are lower down the food chain, only come about when the planners look for opportunities to partner their luxury vehicles to the people that continue to purchase other brands. Arguably a high percentage of their customers will invest in a Mercedes SUV because, well, it has the 3 point star on the bonnet and the relationship they have with their dealer will provide a good outcome.
And although it’s to be based on a Nissan Navarra, as Nissan are doing with sister company Renault, there’s no argument that the price and fit out will be more in keeping with the Benz mantra of luxury.
Thanks to our US colleagues at www.autoguide.com for this story and the picture.
To show off its new truck in multiple variants, Mercedes rolled out the X-Class Powerful Adventurer and the X-Class Stylish Explorer, demonstrating both off-road and luxurious examples of the new truck concept.
Mercedes plans to launch the X-Class in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe by late 2017. The decision to bring the truck to the U.S. is said to still be up in the air.
Mercedes says the the top-of-the-line model trucks will be powered by a V6 diesel, combined with 4Matic all-wheel drive, a transfer case with low gears and two differential locks. Mercedes says the X-Class will be rated to tow around 7000 pounds and haul 2,200 pounds of payload.
The rear end of the truck will use a five-link rear axle with coil springs, like the Ram 1500, to provide a nicer on-road ride than traditional leaf springs.
All of the latest technology will also be available in the X-Class, including the suite of Mercedes me connect services, which allow drivers to use their device to control their truck. For example, you can send navigation destinations to a parked vehicle or find out how much fuel it has left.
The face of the truck concept carries a familiar face, taking what it is seen on Mercedes’s SUVs and crossover and beefing it up a bit. For the Stylish Explorer, Mercedes has packed the interior with nubuck leather, white nappa weather and open-pore smoked oak, in other words, all of the niceties you would expect in a modern Mercedes-Benz.
In the Adventurer, Mercedes chose materials that would be easier to clean and that will hold the occupants in their seats even while they’re bouncing over off-road terrain. It also packs a taller ride height, big off-road tires and plastic cladding.
The X-Class will be based on the Nissan Navara, though it appears that the styling will have nothing in common with Nissan’s small truck.
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