The first large scale production Benz pick-up, the all-new Mercedes X-Class won’t be offered on the US market, after all, despite the huge market share such vehicles enjoy on the North American continent.
The odd decision has been confirmed by Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, Dietmar Exler, who revealed to journalists at the Los Angeles motor show that Daimler has no intention of bringing the X-Class stateside.
“Once the next version of the truck comes out – when we see the next iteration – there might be an opportunity to bring it in the medium and long-term. We want to bring it when we believe it makes sense as Mercedes to bring out the pickup truck”, Exler explained.
Meanwhile, Mercedes gets ready to launch the production-spec X-Class in 2017, on markets such as Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
The pickup will be manufactured in a production cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production for the European, Australian and South African markets will start at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. The X-Class for the Latin American market will roll off the assembly lines at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, starting in 2018.