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Mercedes-Benz premium pickup confirmed for release this year

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Mercedes-Benz premium pickup confirmed for release this year

Mercedes-Benz premium pickup confirmed for release this year

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the release later this year of what promises to be one of the world’s most upmarket lifestyle pickups, the X-Class.

Based on the Nissan Navara, the new X-Class presses all the buttons as far as fans of the three-pointed star are concerned. It is the first pickup from the German brand.

The X-Class combines handsome looks with the signature wide Mercedes-Benz grille, flanked by LED headlamps, and an interior which lives up to the brand’s name.

All the parts used inside are straight from the Mercedes parts catalogue, and this sets the X-Class firmly apart from the Nissan derivative, which has a far less luxurious cockpit.

Pricing for export markets has not been announced but the four-door pickup with crew cab will go on sale in Germany and other European countries from November, starting from 37,294 euros (42,980 dollars).

The X-Class is designed to be a workhorse, too, and the cargo area comes with lighting as standard. The bed is wide enough to take a Euro-spec pallet flat between the rear wheels, and the tailgate, complete with rear-facing Mercedes star badge, opens 90 degrees. A 12-volt outlet comes as standard.

The X-Class can carry a payload of up to 1.1 metric tons and Mercedes-Benz says the truck can tow up to 3.5 metric tons.

As confirmation of its premium position in the load-hauling market, the X-Class can be ordered with three trim levels and a host of extras such as lane-keep assist, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera.

Customers can choose from four engines, two transmissions and three drive systems. There are three diesels and a petrol unit earmarked for export. The most powerful option is a diesel V6 used by the rest of the Mercedes-Benz family. It turns out 258 horsepower and comes as standard with a seven-speed automatic box and permanent four-wheel drive.

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