Mercedes-Benz’s X-class Pick-up Truck Echoes its Original Concept
bringing the design of the ‘concept X-class‘ largely unchanged to standard production, the mercedes-benz ‘X-class’ combines off-road capabilites with comfort, and safety – this is the german-automaker’s first venture into the pickup segement, and it has managed to push the boundaries of the classic vehicle.
the mercedes-benz ‘X-class’ complements the strengths of a mid-size pickup with merc’s typical characteristics of driving dynamics, comfort, design, safety, and connectivity. there are three design and equipment variants, as well as four or six-cylinder engines, rear-wheel drive and engageable or permanent all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
the ‘X-class’ can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes. that is enough to transport 17 full 50-litre barrels of beer in the cargo area. it can also tow up to 3.5 tonnes, the same as pulling a trailer containing three horses, or an eight-metre yacht.
in the interior, the instrument panel has the concave trim element stretchnig across the entire width of the instrument panel, creating an open feel. it features a freestanding central display, in conjunction with the comand online multimedia system it has a screen diagonal of 8.4 inches, making it the biggest display in the segment. with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and the high-contrast in-plane switching technology, it offers a display that markedly increases the image quality of the 360-degree camera and the navigation maps.
as from mid-2018, mercedes will make its pickup available with permanent all-wheel drive. the permanent ‘4matic’ all-wheel drive system will only be offered with six-cylinder engine models.