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We’ve known for nearly a year now that Mercedes-Benz was work­ing on a mid-size pickup that they hoped to launch in 2017. Our ears al­ways perk up when­ever “new mid-size pickup” gets men­tioned and our in­ter­est was piqued. Well, now we know a whole lot more as Mercedes has pulled the cov­ers off two trucks, the Con­cept X-CLASS Pow­er­ful Ad­ven­turer (seen here) and the Con­cept X-CLASS Stylish Ex­plorer. Th­ese two con­cepts based on the Nis­san Navara (Fron­tier… sort of) plat­forms pre­view a highly styl­ized ver­sion of the pickup due in deal­er­ships next year.

The Nis­san Fron­tier is one of our favourite (most ad­ven­tur­ous) mid-size trucks, and we know Mercedes has some great of­froad lin­eage with the G-Class. Un­for­tu­nately, they’ve given us no in­for­ma­tion on the me­chan­i­cals, fo­cus­ing their press re­lease on the de­sign as­pects of the truck and pro­claim­ing it a “pre­mium class” truck. How­ever, as it will be built on the Nis­san Navara plat­form, we ex­pect to see the Nis­san 2.3L turbo diesel and 2.5L gaso­line en­gines find their way un­der the hood, maybe even a Mercedessourced V-6 for a lit­tle ex­tra grunt. The X-Class will be launched later this year in Ar­gentina, Brazil, South Africa, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and Europe. No word of any plans to come to Canada at this time. Aus­trian com­pany, Kreisel Elec­tric, has been mak­ing both home power stor­age and elec­tric pow­ered ve­hi­cles for some time now, how­ever, when they had Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger un­veil their lat­est of­fer­ing, we had to stand up and take no­tice. Not that it was Sch­warzeneg­ger flash­ing the goods, but be­cause Kreisel de­cided they were go­ing to elec­trify one the most iconic… and hor­ri­bly in­ef­fi­cient 4WD’s of all time – the Mercedes G-Wagon.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class EV you see here makes use of two bat­tery packs to­talling 80 kWh sit­u­ated un­der the hood and in the lo­ca­tion of the now ex­tracted fuel tank. Th­ese bat­ter­ies send power to a pair of elec­tric mo­tors that pro­duce a com­bined 360 kW, or 482 hp. That’s good enough to get the 2,600 kg (5,732 lb) G-Class up to 100 kph in a ridicu­lous 5.6-sec­onds. Driv­ing more sen­si­bly, the G-Class EV is ca­pa­ble of nearly 300 km in over­all range. Even bet­ter, it keeps its 4WD sys­tem.

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