Mercedes-Benz will accept your £1,000 reservation for an all-new model that no-one has seen – or will see – until later this year and…it won’t be on our roads until sometime in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz UK Vans Division is concluding the final touches to a production-ready premium pick-up called the X-Class, and reservations for the truck are now open. Barring the two developmental concept cars revealed over a year ago, the German manufacturer has yet to unveil the X-Class in final production form, but interested customers may now place a £1,000 refundable deposit.
Those that do and proceed to place a full order will be among the first to get their pick-ups. MB Vans UK has confirmed that initial UK deliveries of the X-Class will take place ‘sometime’ in 2018, while a full reveal of the signed off production model will happen ‘later this year’. Either way, take heart that it is finally coming.
With the all-new X-Class premium pick-up, Mercedes-Benz is heading into unchartered territory. While other, sportier vehicle categories tend to steal the limelight, pick-ups make up one of the world’s biggest car markets and Mercedes-Benz thinks it can offer an entirely new twist with a premium version.
Last year, Mercedes previewed its upcoming pick-up with two near production-ready concept cars, which were intended to show off how versatile the X-Class will be both on and off road. There was the X-Class ‘Powerful Adventure Concept’, designed as the all-terrain workhorse, alongside the ‘Stylish Explorer’, which is intended to be a more urban, fashion-friendly vehicle.
The X-Class will be closely related to both the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan pick-ups, but Mercedes are expected to include some very upmarket styling options, along with a premium interior design. The front-end of both concept cars featured the trademark Mercedes grille, complete with swept black angular headlamps.
While a few design aspects – such as the oval ring taillights that loop around the tailgate – are unlikely to make the cut on the production models – the overall shape and size is expected to remain the same.
While the signed-off production versions should be toned down significantly, you can expect the same options and trim found on Mercedes-Benz road cars. However, engine options and prices so far remain a mystery.
We DO know that top of the range models will come with a V6 diesel paired with MB’s 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive system. This will aid dynamic performance off-road and, if needed, the rear differential and inter-axle differential can be locked for better control on trickier surfaces.
We can also expect to see top-of-the-line driver assistance systems fitted, aided by cameras, radar and ultrasound sensors. The X-Class should have a maximum towing weight of around three and a half tonnes and a payload weight just over one tonne, thanks to the ladder-type frame.
Like what you’ve read so far? Then you can place your reservation here, or merely register an interest here.
We’ll bring you more news on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class when we have it.