Two 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickups were caught winter weather testing and wearing a lot less camouflage way up north. Recently spied premium pickups by Mercedes are starting to look like the haute hauler we can’t wait to drive.
These new spy shots of the posh pickup show a new front end with LED headlights, a wide metal grille, a lower front hood, and a beefy bumper. Like the Navara, it also features a short roof rack above its four-door cab that seats up to five passengers.
Around back the bumper and taillights have been smoothed out a bit and it looks less like a Nissan. Despite the black and white camouflage, it’s easy to see that the X-Class has fuel doors on both sides of the bed, which could mean it has twin fuel tanks beneath its skin. A power sliding rear window can be also be spotted above the short bed.
We don’t know what type of engine is being tested, but a twin-turbo V-6 diesel engine with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is highly likely. Mercedes-Benz has stated previously that the pickup will be able to carry a 2,400-pound payload and tow up to 7,700 lbs. The X-Class will be built in Argentina and Spain for markets outside of the U.S.
Plans to bring the tony truck here are still in the planning stages, but a recent report has indicated that Mercedes-Benz is considering locations here to built a version of the pickup in order to avoid paying the hefty border tax imposed on imported trucks.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is expected to go on sale in Europe later this year.