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Mercedes Gets Off-Road, Unveils Its First Premium Midsize Pickup Truck
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Mercedes Gets Off-Road, Unveils Its First Premium Midsize Pickup Truck

Earlier this year, the German company Mercedes-Benz made a huge announcement when it announced its plan to build a midsized pickup truck. Since this is a surprise announcement, the company has remained tight-lipped about the project's details. But this week at an event in Stockholm, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled a concept version of its upcoming midsize pickup truck, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

The concept pickup truck was developed with the help from the French giant Renault-Nissan Alliance, as a part of a technological partnership between the two companies where two automakers will share components and technological know-how with each other.

The new Mercedes truck comes with a version of the 4Matic all-wheel drives system and high torque V6 engines. Unfortunately, the company was too light on the technical side, only claiming that the new truck will have a V6 diesel engine and will be built on the same platform as the Nissan Navara and the upcoming Renault Alaskan.

According to Mercedes-Benz, there will be two versions of the concept midsize pickup truck. The first one is the Powerful Adventure, a more rugged and off-road focused version of the truck with a jacked-up ride height, wide carbon arches, and an electric winch at the front and rear. The other one is the Stylish Explorer version which features a more SUV-like feel, with unique power dome hood, big wheels, muscular wheel arches, and gaping air intakes.

Both X-Class models will be packed with high-tech gizmos, including a modern driver assistance system and a touchscreen display similar to a smartphone.

In addition to the touchscreen and other high-tech gizmos, the truck also promises connected services that will allow the drivers to track its driving locations and even access navigation destinations from their smartphones.

So far, there still no specific figures about the concept truck’s power output other than a claim that it will be high-torque. However, the company made a bold claim that its premium truck has power. With the truck's robust ladder-frame chassis, the X-Class can haul a payload of 1.1 tons and even tow around 3.5 tons behind it.

There's still no word on if the X-Class will make it to the US market, but Mercedes said that the truck will be a global model and will be made available in top markets around the globe.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will launch late next year in Australia, Europe, and South Africa, and then in the South American countries the following year.

Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz

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