Mercedes-Benz have revealed their first ever bakkie concept, known as the X-Class in Stockholm earlier this evening (Tuesday, 25 October 2016).
“We will open up and change the segment of mid-size pickups – with the
world’s first true premium pickup for the modern urban lifestyle”, says
Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer illustrates that the future X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic bakkie – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability.
The Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer goes a step further and shows what will distinguish the bakkie bearing the Mercedes star. The 22-inch light-alloy wheels with a contrasting anthracite chrome finish give the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer a towering and superior stance.
Mornhinweg also confirmed that the new X-Class will be underpinned by a ladder-frame chassis.
There will be a range of options when it comes to engines, with top-of-the-line model powered by a V6 diesel in combination with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive. The high-torque engine will provide high driving dynamics on the road and off the road.
The all-wheel-drive system will combine an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear, and two differential locks.
The traction system and the electrically operated on-demand differential locks channel the power to where traction is best. Under extreme off-road conditions, the rear differential and the inter-axle differential can be locked.
The suspension will include wide axles, a five-link rear axle with coil springs.
Mornhinweg added that over and above its capability as an off-roader, safety, comfort, agility and expressive design bring “added value” to the new bakkie.