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The Powerful Adventurer looks like it could tame our pesky dunes...while the Stylish Explorer might be happier parked outside Spinneys
Well that certainly was a surprise! We knew Mercedes was going to be revealing its new concept pick-up heavily influenced by the Navara. But, we don't think anybody expected the Germans to unveil not one but two variants of the model they're calling the X-Class. And both look pretty tasty.
The first one, called the Stylish Explorer looks more suited to the school run while the other, called the Powerful Adventurer is designed for more heavy-duty driving.
The concepts feature the usual truck elements (yes, they both have beds and big wheels) but combine the carmaker's luxury touch, too, and though they share the same platform as the Nissan Navara they sure have an identity of their own. The two feature headlights and grilles that could have come from any current Merc model while the rear ends totally differ; the lifestyle-friendly version has a single, wraparound LED design while the rugged one gets a two-light set-up. The interiors get Nappa leather, wood trim, and polished aluminium while the infotainment system sits in the middle of the centre console.
Overall, we have to say this is a pretty cool addition to the range. ''With the Mercedes-Benz pick-up, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,'' said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. ''Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.''
He's clearly confident it'll make an impact in the segment and from what we know, we have no reason to doubt it will — even though all the technical details aren't known, other than the concepts will use a diesel V6 with 4Matic all-wheel drive. They'll also have off-road ratio transfer cases, and differential locks, and will be packed with the latest driver assistance systems. Production version is likely to hit the road by the end of next year.