Mercedes X-class fast facts
MERCEDES’ DEVELOPMENT TEAM DID SOME OF THE X-class testing in New Zealand, though it kept its presence here well under wraps. Even Mercedes-benz NZ didn’t know the truck was being tested here.
The X-class takes some of its styling cues from Mercedes SUVS, including the centrally-positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, honed bonnet and headlights that extend deep into the fenders.
Mercedes says the X-class is aimed at “very different customer groups.” They include “sporty adventurers in New Zealand and Germany, land owners and farmers in Argentina, business owners and building contractors in Australia, families with an affinity for premium products in Brazil, trend-conscious individualists in South Africa and Great Britain.”
Production for New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and South Africa starts at Nissan’s factory in Barcelona, Spain, this year.
Mercedes-benz chairman, Dr Dieter Zetsche, says the mid-size pick-up segment is “ripe for a premium vehicle. With the X-class we will open up this segment to new customer groups...
“With the X-class we are closing a gap in the portfolio between passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Mercedes-benz Vans is already very successful internationally…with the Vito and the V-class. With the pickup…mercedes-benz Vans is thus becoming even more international in orientation.”
Mercedes executive, Wilfried Porth, says the X-class has “convincing passenger car characteristics. It’s robust, strong and with good off-road capability – just like a pick-up should be. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, dynamic to drive, comfortable, safe, connected and individual... The X-class pushes the boundaries of the classic pick-up.”
Mercedes-benz says the world is ready for a premium ute like the X=class. Progressive is pictured.