Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will build an X-Class pickup truck for world markets with production starting late 2017—but the German automaker hasn’t confirmed it will bring the pickup to Canadian roads.
The new mid-size pickup will be based upon the sveltely shaped X-Class Concept revealed in Sweden in October of last year, and should start rolling out of the factory before 2018.
Mercedes-Benz has a storied history in the truck segment, having build legendary military and heavy-cargo trucks for the last few decades. There’s no doubt Benz’s new truck will be highly capable off-road and and highly reliable in punishing environments.
The production of its first modern pickup truck would mark a major departure for Mercedes-Benz’s passenger vehicle segment, since the three-point-star marque has long stuck to luxury sedans and SUVs in most markets.
The new truck is said to feature a body-on-frame design with all-wheel-drive and a torquey six-cylinder engine underhood.
“With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler AG.
“Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”