The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a luxury pickup truck produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz, a division of German company Daimler AG. Unveiled at a world premiere in Cape Town in July 2017, the new Mercedes-Benz pickup takes its chassis and some body panels from the Nissan Navara and employs many Mercedes-specific features and technologies.
In 2015, Mercedes-Benz announced that a pickup truck was in the works. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is expected to enter production in late 2017. The new vehicle, developed in conjunction with the Nissan-Renault Alliance, will be assembled at Nissan and Renault plants in Europe and South America.
On October 25, 2016, Mercedes-Benz announced a concept class called the X-Class Concept. According to Mercedes, the new X-Class will be the world's first true "premium" pickup truck. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, said it would help a growing segment. It is slated to be only on sale in Australia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. South Africans in particular are very optimistic about the X-Class, as pickup trucks are extremely popular there. The engine is expected to be a turbocharged diesel V-6 engine paired with a 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system. Its production is expected to start in 2017 in Argentina and Spain.
Euro NCAP ran crashtests and published the safety ratings of the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz X-Class truck. The vehicle achieved a maximum five-star rating. Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, “Unsurprising as these results may be to some, these ratings continue to represent outstanding engineering achievements. This should not be taken for granted given the fact that Euro NCAP’s rating regime now includes over 15 different tests and hundreds of individual requirements, which are strengthened all the time. It is very positive that manufacturers still see a five-star rating as the target for most new vehicle models.” He also added, “As we approach the end of the year, Euro NCAP is preparing for the new tests in 2018, in which auto brake systems that can detect and mitigate cyclists will be put to the test for the first time. These new tests and other planned updates will reflect the surge in automated vehicle functions that we expect to see on the market in the next years. Our mission is to help consumers understand how these systems operate, to show what they are capable of and to explain how one day these might save your life”.
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