The Mercedes-Benz X-Class May be Dead, According To Recent Reports

It’s possible that the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is going away.

It never sold well and may feel the Mercedes-Benz X-Class was too much like its Nissan Navara sibling. Sadly for some, it looks like it might be the end. According to Automotive News Europe, who cited an anonymous sources from Mercedes-Benz – reported that the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup will be dropped from the lineup shortly.

Some automaker like Lexus and BMW have considered, but have not built luxury pickup trucks.

Launched in 2017, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class caused quite a stir. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: We want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”

Much of the mechanicals and interior components come from Mercedes, not Nissan.
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Based on the Nissan Navara (similar to the North American Nissan Frontier), the Mercedes-Benz X-Class it came with four engine options. A 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder, a 2.3-liter diesel or a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic were available depending on the model.

No word of Renault Alaskan’s fate, which is a similar vehicle.

Here’s the problem, they only sold 16,700 units in their main markets. That’s well behind a majority of the competition. Mercedes-Benz has also begun to remove or replace lower profit products from their fleet. This is an effort to gain additional profitability given recent unforeseen expenses.

(Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

There was a push from fans and some dealerships in North America to bring the Mercedes-Benz X-Class to our market. Obviously, that never happened. Interestingly, there are 1/2-ton pickup trucks in our market that would be far more expensive than the X-Class – had it competed here.

There still is nothing official from Mercedes-Benz/Daimler regarding the discontinuation of the X-Class. We will update you when we know.

Nathan Adlen
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