With its X-Class on the road, Mercedes show certain interest to anticipate in this battle called mid-size pickup truck. However, the German automaker will never find out how well or bad the deal is as long as we don’t see the workhorse in North America. The U.S. mid-size truck market has been revived recently, with is a reason more for the carmaker to make the U.S.-specs Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
There some work to be done before the model reaches U.S. soul. First of all, the automaker needs to resolve the bed issue. There’s nothing wrong with the current one, except it lacks space. American buyers want something more practical and they will get more open space in the back. The testing prototype clearly shows the extra room, and as far as we can tell, the U.S.-specs Mercedes-Benz X-Class will have big enough bed.
In addition to the extra inches and longer bed, the mid-size pickup truck will have to undergo some changes under the hood as well. Regardless of the fact that the testing model uses the entry-level 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 187 horsepower, such option will not be available anywhere new North America. On the other hand, the automaker will not miss the opportunity to offer its bigger diesel mill. Yes, the U.S.-specs Mercedes-Benz X-Class will definitely have a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that pumps out 255 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.
The manufacturer most probably cut out the existing inline-4 gasoline option as well. In the place, the U.S.-specs Mercedes-Benz X-Class may host some kind of six-cylinder engine or even a hybrid variant. Allegedly, Germans are also reconsidering the high-performance pickup which will be paired with the awesome 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The mighty mill will come chained with an eight-speed auto gearbox, while the rest of fleet should use a 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic. 4Matic four-wheel drive will be standard for all options, though.