2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Mercedes-Benz the left field by presenting the Concept X-Class, a two-pronged approach to a luxury pickup that focused on lifestyle or real sturdiness. Like it or not, pickup trucks are both a workhorse and a lifestyle piece, which is why Mercedes-Benz realized it was time to give the pick-up up intermediate some luxury.
If it seems more substantial than the Nissan, it’s because Daimler has expanded the trackmand of the bodywork by 2.8 inches. Both trucks will be built on the same assembly lines, but no sheet or outer glass is interchangeable. The geometry of the door, the hinges, the latches and their locations are the same, but the panels are all brand specific. The X class looks good, with a front end dominated by the big three-pointed star and a similar design to Benz’s SUV models. The rear with its thin vertical taillights reminds us of a concept car, especially when equipped with LED front and rear lighting that comes with superior trim levels.
The enlarged body allows a more generous interior space than that proposed by Navara. Mercedes raised the rear seat bottom to provide more comfort in the rear seat of the cabin-cabin Nissan, the only cabin style available in 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class, you can feel like a half-folded penknife, although the big adults lack space for the head. There is much more acoustic insulation than in the Nissan, and the Germans have added structural elements to the frame to reduce noise, vibration and hardness.
The interior is dominated by a concave dashboard; the instruments, the center display, the HVAC controls and the optional COMAND touch infotainment system come directly from the Mercedes-Benz car parts compartment. In the standard trim, called Pure, the look is pretty frugal with a lot of hard plastic, but most electronic goodies are on board, including the latest driver assistance safety systems. The Progressive mid-level trim brings a bit more fabric to the cabin and also some exterior subtleties such as bumpers in body color. But it takes a high-end Power version to give the X-Class the appearance of a high-end vehicle, with a faux leather sewn on the dashboard and on the interior panels of the door. Aluminum and wood trim are options. Class X does not live up to its premium aspirations when Nissan spare parts are used. These include dome light, switches for seat heaters, and, we suspect, the automatic gear selector that grows from the console. Class X also needs a lot more storage space in the cab, where only the door pockets are big enough, the center console bin, cupholders and glove box are tiny.
Two engines will be available at launch, but the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel will only be available with a manual gearbox. Buyers of the X220d will have the choice between a cab chassis or a loading platform, the latter being offered with the 4Matic all-wheel drive.
You will pay $ 45,450 for the X220d cab chassis (120kW / 403Nm) in the powertrain version, or $ 46,400 for the propulsion loading bed and $ 50,400 for the four-wheel drive version