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This Is the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck

Few details about the X-Class are known at this stage, other than the obvious fact that it will be inspired by the two concept cars unveiled in October previous year. Here, the X-Class would compete with the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, the Toyota Tacoma, the Honda Ridgeline, and the upcoming Ford Ranger. At launch, the X-Class will come with switchable 4Matic all-wheel drive with a low-range gearbox, while a permanent all-wheel drive system will arrive later.In terms of engines, a number and four- and six-cylinder options seem likely with rear-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional.Sadly, like the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan with which the X-Class shares a platform, there are no official plans for an incursion to the USA market.The new model goes on sale locally in November with Australian four-cylinder deliveries starting early in 2018, followed by the V6 version later in the year.As you’d expect, Mercedes also promises that the X-Class will be better on road than other pickups.Mercedes-Benz claim the X-Class offers the widest range of trim selections in its segment, with a choice of black or grey headlining, six different seat cover trims (depending on specification) including fabric, Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfibre, or a choice of black or nut brown real leather. The German ute also features modern safety gear including autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and lane keeping assistance systems in combination with a suite of seven airbags. A 5.4-inch infotainment screen is standard, but you can upgrade to a larger 8.4-inch unit. The X-Class will be offered in three forms-the work-truck-esque “Pure” (pictured at the top of this post), the more luxurious “Progressive”, and the stylish “Power”. Mercedes-Benz has no plans to bring the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class to the United States, since it says that it’s too small for American tastes.Dimensions of the X-Class see it measure 5340mm in length, with a 3150mm wheelbase, 1920mm wide, 1819mm high (in European spec) with a 1587mm tray length, and 1560mm tray width.No word yet on Australian pricing, however in Germany the X-Class is priced from 38,000 Euro ($55,000). Prices for other markets haven’t been announced yet.