Mercedes is set to try their luck on the pick up truck market and in line with this, they are going to unveil their Mercedes 4×4 pick up at the Paris Show in October 2016. It is set to make its debut on the said year, but UK buyers need to wait till 2018 to purchase this much anticipated vehicle. This is according to sources who confirmed that a concept vehicle is set to be release at the 4th quarter of this year. Word has it also that the mentioned truck could be called the X-class.
An official sketch has been released as well and it shows the pick up will come with trademark Mercedes style cues like curvy front wings, three-bar grille, and swept-back headlights. With regards to the engine, the Mercedes pick up will share a majority of their platform engineering with the 2016 Nissan Navara (2.3 litre diesel engine), but word has it that the former will come with a 4.6 diesel and petrol manual and automatic engines.
“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” mentioned Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler, which owns Mercedes, in a statement when the truck was announced last year. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value,” he added.
The Mercedes pick up is set to go on sale in Australia, Europe, and Latin America in as early as 2018 and may come a base price of $42,000 to $56,000. Additional reports say that this vehicle may not make it to United States soul because of the 53-year old Chicken Tax which adds a steep 25% tariff on imported trucks.
According to professionals, this addition to the Mercedes fleet could the mentioned company get a significant percentage of the pick up truck market, which currently holds about 2.3 million sales annually, as reported. Given that the company becomes successful in their sales strategy, the number could over the next years.