Mercedes X-Class pick-up truck Certainly inspired by the rousing success of the burly Volkswagen Amarok, Mercedes-Benz today pulled the wraps off a midsize luxury pickup of its own.
On a stage at the Artipelag art museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the Concept X-Class arrived in two forms: a pearly white stylish explorer and a pea-green powerful adventurer.
Technically, the X-Class isn't Mercedes' first pickup; the company's Argentine arm experimented with two- and four-door production pickups back in the 1970s.
The 220D "La Pick-up" more closely resembled a funeral flower car or a parts runner for a race team than a traditional pickup, but it earned a passionate following.
"I guess it wasn't exactly the toughest pickup ever from a technological point of view, " said Zetsche, "and it wasn't a great success from an economic point of view, either.
But it grew a huge fan base.
" From a style standpoint, the powerful adventurer is arguabily the more successful of the two X-Class versions, with winches fore and aft, ginormous tyres and a little fire extinquisher on the dashboard.
The truck is believably capable and handsome in an unsurprising way; the adventure-ready model looks quite a bit like the modified Toyota Hilux the former Top Gear boys drove to the North Pole back in 2009 All X-Class trucks will feature a stout ladder-frame structure, torque-rich V6 engines and permanent all-wheel drive.
The debut event was heavy on adjectives, light on numbers, but Mercedes says the truck will be sufficently muscular to haul four cubic metres of firewood and tow a sailboat at the same time.
Because, you know, outdoors.
Naturally, the X-Class will carry the usual array of Mercedes safety and luxury touches.
A production version of the X-Class arrives at the end of 2017.