After it was officially announced a couple of years ago, Mercedes-Benz X-Class is finally arriving. As said, the new truck will be available in Australia, Europe and South America. Interesting, the US market will see it pretty soon. Could it be the 2020 Mercedes X-Class? Maybe. Meanwhile, we can see this model in other markets based on the Nissan Navara. The cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan alliance leads to this, and some experts announced this shortly after the official statement about the upcoming pickup truck.
Well, the new model for the US market is not going to be the same as elsewhere. Navara is not either. It appears in the United States as Frontier. The 2020 Mercedes X-class will borrow the ladder frame from its new siblings. However, we are sure that a German company is going to build its own architecture in the future.
The 2020 Mercedes X-class will take the position in the luxury segment. As the first such model, its only competitor would be GMC Canyon Denali. Well, we can also hear that other companies are building their luxury pickups, but none of them is in production yet. Even if these appear some day, they will have a tough task to compete with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
2020 Mercedes X-Class Platform, Styling
The new 2020 Mercedes X-class continues to use the same platform as the Nissan Navara. Besides the F-Alpha architecture and a 2.3-liter diesel engine, these two trucks do not have too many things in common. Mercedes-Benz is also a carmaker who produces premium vehicles. There are other companies too, but the German manufacturer is the synonym for luxury.
Again, the front fascia will remind us of the largest SUVs by this company. The production model differs radically from the concept we could see back in 2015. It was expected, though. However, the new 2020 Mercedes X-class will keep some of the cues presented back then. Rear window shape and sports bars are definitely highlights of the exterior design. The LED lights and sports front bumper will be unique on the front fascia while the grille is borrowed from GL-Class SUVs. Well, for the pickup truck, this part will be slightly larger.
Dimensions of the 2020 Mercedes X-class will be placed in the mid-size segment along with Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. However, the pickup truck will not be able to compete with these popular pickups right from the start. Also, the X-Class will be there to impress, not to work. So, a different category of mid-size segment is about to live up.
The luxury pickup truck will be 210 inches long. The 6-foot bed is the only configuration available for this model. Also, the 2020 Mercedes X-class combines a double cab with it. The wheelbase will be 124 inches, which is 8 in longer than the standard Nissan Navara. Interesting, the ground clearance is lower up front. However, the difference is not too big, but this kind of design will definitely improve the airflow and overall aerodynamic of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz X-class.
If the exterior is not so similar to the concept model, the interior is much more like the prototype from 2015. Of course, the premium truck will offer high-end features, which we will not find in Nissan Navara. The infotainment system is modern and looks very elegant. HVAC vents, controls, screen, steering wheel … no other company assembles the dashboard better than Mercedes-Benz. The current model is using a 5.4-inch information screen. Upper trims come with a 8.4-inch display as an optional or standard feature.
Keyless Go will get an update before it appears in the 2020 Mercedes X-class. Also, it could become available on lower trim levels. Cloth seats are available for entry-level models, while there is also leather available at high-end trucks. Well, the US version of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz X-class will move some optional features to the standard list to impress buyers in this part of the world.
2020 Mercedes X-Class Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Mercedes X-class buyers will choose a gasoline or one of three available diesel units. The petrol version is using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder drivetrain with power outputs of 165 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The energy goes through a six-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission. These cases are sending power to rear wheels by default. Optionally, buyers can pick a part-time four-wheel drive.
More torque comes from a 2.3-liter turbodiesel mill. However, this engine offers two different setups. The lighter one generates 165 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. An upper version of the turbo-four model is the bi-turbo engine. The same engine for X250d model creates 190 hp and 330 pound-feet of twist. Again, the same transmission and drive modes are available here for both configurations.
The last and the most powerful option is X350d with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine. This unit burst 260 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Compared to lighter versions, this one is using only a four-wheel drive, a full-time version. It also gets selectable driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Off-road and Manual. The last one in combination with automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters. Maximum towing capacity of 2020 Mercedes X-class X350d is 7,720 pounds. That is more than Chevy Colorado diesel can do in the USA, as the leader in this category. Lighter versions of diesel engine sit at 7,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity.
2020 Mercedes X-class USA Release Date
Mercedes-Benz will definitely go to the US market sooner or later. Of course, fans of the premium carmaker are hoping that the pioneer will be the 2020 Mercedes X-class. We can’t confirm or confute these claims since the German manufacturer is still silent. However, the kind of test passed well, and the Nissan Navara based pickup showed a promise. However, the US market is very specific and there is no room for mistakes. So, Mercedes is not going to rush with the release date.
The luxury truck will come with a premium price. We can predict the base models will be available from somewhere near $50,000. The entry-level GMC Denali costs $44,000 and that is the only luxury pickup truck currently available in the US market. The 2020 Mercedes X-class is the next one, and German carmaker wants to take an immediate advantage over future rivals.