The incoming 2023 Mercedes-Benz X-Class could be on the roads sooner than you think. Of course, this is just a rumor at the moment. The good news is that the German carmaker is considering another shot with the X-Class. The original model lasted for only two and a half years, with production being stopped in 2020.
According to the information we have, the next generation will bring forth some substantial advancements over the previous one. That includes a complete redesign, along with a new interior and new powertrain options. Once again, X-Class will be a mid-size pickup truck, which is perhaps the most competitive segment out there.
What Happened to Mercedes-Benz X-Class?
This one is not so easy to explain. For a start, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz X-Class will have to depart from its predecessor in so many ways. Mercedes can’t afford to make the same mistakes again. To begin with, Mercedes formed an alliance with Nissan and Renault, back in 2015. The idea was to produce three pickup trucks: Nissan Frontier, Renault Alaskan, and Mercedes X-Class. The X-Class model started its journey as a mid-size pickup, with the idea of competing with the Ford Ranger and other established models. Somehow, the X-Class truck never made it to the US.
Thanks to this alliance, Mercedes-Benz decided to build the X-Class model around the Nissan Navara, which was a problem. Don’t get us wrong, Navara is a great pickup. However, the X-Class was too expensive and people could see a disguised Navara. Yes, Mercedes did deliver more premium materials and other luxuries, but that wasn’t enough. The production lasted for only two and a half years. Now, Mercedes is ready to try again, but this time, the manufacturer will build the truck from the ground up. Moreover, the ultimate goal is to bring the X-Class truck to the United States.
What to Expect?
When the X-Class model arrived, it had so much to offer. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz X-Class, on the other hand, will be a more distinctive model. That Navara vibe will be gone, so the new version will be completely unique and upright. The front fascia will look smoother, while the rear section should gain a curvier approach. Reportedly, the base trim level will ride on 17-inch wheels, while the range-topping trim level will offer 20-inch rims.
On the inside, the X-Class model will sport a larger touchscreen. If you don’t remember, the previous generation had 7-inch and 8.4-inch displays, which was another disappointment. Under the hood, the Mercedes X-Class had two engine options. However, a year after the initial release, this model gained a potent V6 turbodiesel engine. Now, we expect to see two or three powertrain choices, where a hybrid setup should come as an option. As before, the rear-wheel-drive will be standard, while the 4MATIC AWD setup will come as an option.
2023 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Release Date
Again, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is nothing more than speculation. However, many reports are already writing about its return. The X-Class pickup truck will reportedly cost above $50,000, as before. However, this time the price will justify the level of luxury. The goal is to reach the American roads, but X-Class will firstly arrive in Europe at some point next year, per source.