Mercedes’ hope is that the X-Class will do for its light commercial vehicle arm what premium SUVs such as the GLC have done for its mainstream line-up: secure industry-leading sales.
Such a success would not surprise us here at Autocar. Despite its Navara underpinnings, the X-Class has a far more refined identity yet sacrifices nothing that might hinder its ‘working’ credentials. With a rear suspension set-up that moves the game on in this sector, it also sets a new standard in rolling refinement for pick-up trucks, and the interior of the spacious double-cab strikes a creditable balance of robustness and lavishness.
Although it can hardly be described as the vehicle the world needs, at a time when the notion of a posh pick-up is gaining popularity, it could certainly prove to be one it sorely wants.
Weaknesses are limited to a Nissan-derived engine that lacks the understated potency you might expect of a Mercedes and handling that, while impressive, remains closer to what you would find in this car’s utilitarian rivals than a traditional SUV.