SAY HELLO TO THE MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS MID-SIZE PICKUP
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.