Do you remember the 2019 Mercedes-Benz X-Class being announced recently? Further details on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class have recently emerged, as the new pickup was spied driving around in a Nissan Navara disguise.
The new information appeared after a supposedly top-secret Australian design forum meeting, also confirming that the new Mercedes-Benz pickup will either be called the Mercedes-Benz X-Class or Mercedes-Benz Z-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz pickup enjoys Australian engineering input and is set to get three model ranges, including base, mid- and high-specification models. Other details include that an AMG-styled version is likely, however an actual AMG version is not expected. The pickup is set to receive two diesel engines, a four- and a six-cylinder. Finally details show that the car will have an interior similar to that of the current Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Based on information coming from Mercedes-Benz, the pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara NP300, explaining the car’s testing disguise. While Mercedes-Benz state that visual similarities between both pickups will be kept at a minimum, the German car manufacturer did admit that the decision for the Nissan Navara platform is financially motivated.
Powering the pickup’s base and mid-range versions are the same four-cylinder engines we find in the Nissan Navara NP300. It’s the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel outputting 140 kW (188 hp) and 450 Nm of torque. The towing capacity of this engine specification is limited to three tonnes.
The top of the range pickup will be available with both the four-cylinder and a six-cylinder engine, the latter outputting 190 kW (255 hp) and 550 Nm of torque. The raised towing capacity of the six-cylinder marks 3500 kilograms. While the top-range model enjoys a permanent four-wheel drive, the less potent models come with selectable AWD, having RWD as standard.
Mercedes-Benz’ upcoming pickup is to be sold in their key markets, including Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It will join production of the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, with whom the car shares its platform, in Nissan’s Barcelona production plant.