Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the first large scale production pick-up wearing the three pointed star, sees its design secrets and philosophy explained by Kai Sieber, Director of Design Brands & Operations.
The lines of the X-Class are “emotionally appealing”, Sieber says, introducing us to the two flavors the X-Class Concept has been revealed in earlier this month. the Stylish Explorer and the Powerful Adventurer. The design philosophy is identical, but each variant is customized with a different target customer in mind.
Painted in a cool elegant white metallic, the Mercedes Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer puts the emphasis on elegance and a more emotional appeal. 22-inch light-alloy wheels with a contrasting anthracite chrome finish give the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer a towering and superior stance. The distinctive front represents an evolution of the hallmark SUV face of the brand – with a more massive powerdome on the bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings. The classic SUV front apron and the strongly flared wheel arches put even more emphasis on the sense of width, and give the vehicle an even more solid stance on the road. At the same time, the front cites the single-louvre grille with centrally positioned Mercedes star, the face of the elegant Mercedes-Benz coupés.
The second vision, Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer with a lemonax metallic paint finish illustrates that the future X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic pickup – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer towers above it all with a height of 1.90 metres. Large tyres of size 35×11.50, the huge ground clearance, and the athletic design instil respect even at first glance. The brand’s hallmark SUV radiator grille with two louvres, front and rear underride guard, wing claddings, and matte carbon wheel arches additionally underscore the superior off-road aesthetics. An electric winch at the front and a metal hook at the rear are further indications of the toughness and power of the future pickup.
The rear of both concept cars sports the hallmark chromed SUV trim at the lower edge, and, as a distinctive feature, a continuous LED light strip in a slim chrome surround on the tailgate. It points to the unique character of the future pickup.
But we won’t bore you anymore and let you discover the design philosophy behind the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up in the video below.