Mercedes X-Class: Pick-up shows production body during winter testing

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Mercedes X-Class pick-up has been caught again on camera, ahead of its late 2017 release. The latest batch of spy pics show the new model testing in close to production spec for the first time.

After the Mercedes G 650 Maybach Landaulet, we saw this Spring, there is again news about a high-legged Mercedes. The X-Class, a pickup that shares its genes with the Nissan Navara, is exposed to the bitter cold of the arctic. As far as we can see, the appearance of the pickup is a lot less quirky than the X-Class Concept hinted. Broadly, we see a Navara, equipped with a Mercedes grille.

The Nissan Navara uses a 160 hp 2.3-liter diesel engine; Mercedes prepares for the X-Class in addition a few of its own engines. In the concept car we found a 3.5-liter V6 diesel engine which will find its way to the production version. The powerful drive system and the tough ladder-type frame will make a payload of more than 1.1 ton and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tons possible. Enough power for transporting some four cubic metres of firewood on the pickup bed and a sail boat hooked up to the trailer coupling, for example. At the same time, the specially constructed suspension with wide axles, a five-link rear axle with coil springs, and a precisely calibrated spring/damper set-up will ensure a high ride comfort – on the road and off the road.

All-wheel drive (4Matic) is standard on the X-Class. The all-wheel-drive system will combine an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear, and two differential locks. The traction system and the electrically operated on-demand differential locks channel the power to where traction is best. Under extreme off-road conditions, the rear differential and the inter-axle differential can be locked. This will make it possible to safely master difficult obstacles and inclines.


The official reveal is set for this Autumn. We put our finger on at the IAA in Frankfurt, taking place in September.

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