In the Kahn style. Mercedes-Benz X-Class is lost but not forgotten

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The Mercedes-Benz X-Class vanished from the company’s portfolio last year. It simply disappeared taking with it the dream of having a luxury pickup. It just didn’t fit in. Now Kahn finds a way to make it click.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class was the company’s lost best. It came with much ado and turned out to be a fail. It would be inappropriate for the U.S., but too expensive and luxurious for the workhorse that the Europeans expected. Besides, it came with the Nissan Navara engines and tech, plus the comfort creatures of the three-pointed star brand. Three years later, Mercedes decided to just put it on the shelf.

But tuning houses kept finding inspiration in it. They kept redesigning it, refitting it with looks that would make it interesting. Have they achieved their purpose? Only time will tell.

What draws attention right from the start is the Panamericana-style radiator grille with vertical slats, the kind you only see on the Mercedes-AMG models.

Kahn also replaced the front bumper, making it more aggressive. The now-ventilated hood got the exact same treatment. Protective guards on the sides plus fender flares round up the looks.

And there is something more. The premium pickup truck runs on 22-inch RS-XF wheels.

A black-and-red color combo found their place in the cabin of the X-Class.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class with Kahn modifications sells for the price of a new one

The vehicle in question is the 250d version. That means that a Nissan-sourced 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel engine powers it. It also provides it with 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, transferred to both axles via a seven-speed automatic transmission and the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Now it sells on the Chelsea Truck Company website for £49,999. That is almost $69,000. And keep one thing in mind: it’s a right-hand drive. And it’s not even new. It can’t possibly be since Mercedes hasn’t built any since 2019. It rolled off the assembly line in 2019 and has clocked up 21,275 kilometers (13,500 miles).