Mercedes hasn't had much to say about its upcoming pickup truck lately but a new report is shedding some light on the model. According to CarAdvice, the model was recently discussed at a "top-secret Australian design forum." People in attendance were reportedly told the truck will either adopt the X or Z Class moniker.
According to CarAdvice, the truck was recently discussed at a "top-secret Australian design forum." People in attendance were reportedly told the truck will adopt either the X or Z Class moniker. The X Class name is rumored to be the favorite as executives believe it implies ruggedness and off-road capability.
Regardless of what the production model is called, it will reportedly be offered in three different trims. Entry-level variants will likely be aimed at traditional truck buyers, while the range-topping models will reportedly have an upscale interior that is vaguely "B-Class-esque."
Engine options remain unconfirmed but will reportedly include at least two diesel options. Nothing is official but entry-level models are expected to use a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 187 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Higher end variants will reportedly be offered with an optional six-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The truck will be introduced before the end of the decade and it will be based on the same platform that underpins the Nissan NP300 / Navara. Despite this, the company has previously said the model will have "all of Mercedes Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features."