The design of the X-Class remains true to a series of sketches of the new one-tonner released early last year. The overall surfacing treatment and individual design details evident within the body are similar to those adopted by the V-Class in a move clearly aimed at linking it visually with the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s existing commercial vehicle line-up.
The front ends of both of the new concepts feature unmistakable Mercedes-Benz styling touches, including the German car maker’s traditional grille treatment with a prominent centrally mounted three-point star emblem along with the company’s latest headlamp lineage.
A prominent scuff plate integrated into the lower section of the front bumper and winch on the powerful Adventurer attempts to convey the go-anywhere appeal of the new pick-up, which will be offered with both in a range of differing styling lines in a bid to provide it with what one Mercedes-Benz official described as the “broadest possible market reach”.
By contrast, the stylish Explorer sets out provide the X-Class with a more athletic touch, with a power dome within its bonnet and heavily flared front wheel arches that help to emphasise visual width while providing the new pick-up with the ability to house wheels up to 22in in diameter, as sported by the more road biased versions of the new X-class concepts.
Four conventional front-hinged doors provide entry to the cabin, which receives two individual seats up front and a bench seat in the rear capable of accommodating up to three adults in the Explorer concept.
Behind its cabin, the X-Class features a pick up bed similar to those featured on the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, while each of the new concepts adopt their own unique tail lamp treatment within the tailgate section; the Explorer flaunting a full width oval shaped graphic and the powerful Adventurer more conventional vertically stacked units on either side. The latter also features rails within the sides of the pick up bed.
The loading carrying potential of the new Mercedes-Benz pick-up is put at 1100kg, while the towing capacity of the range-topping diesel V6 model that will form part of the initial wave of X-Class models in selected markets is a claimed 3500kg.
Inside, the dashboard and cabin appointments are modelled closely on those of the latest V-class commercial vehicle, complete with various touches from the C-class, including a free-standing central monitor as well as a rotary controller with integrated touchpad functions for the infotainment system.
Carry over items from its sister pick-ups, the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, include a traditional cable operated hand brake together with various controls within the centre console, including those for the air conditioning and various driving assistance systems.
Among the features set to appear on the production version of the new Mercedes-Benz is a so-called communication module featuring an onboard SIM card that will enable owners to communicate with the infotainment system directly from their smartphone.
Safety has also taken a prominent role in the development of the new pick-up, which Mercedes-Benz says will receive many of its existing camera, radar and ultrasound sensor based driver assistance systems in a move officials suggest will place it at the top of the pick-up class in terms of both standard and optional passive safety equipment.