By on November 16, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS

Mercedes-Benz has decided against bringing its X-Class pickup to the U.S. market next year. However, this doesn’t mean we won’t eventually see the luxury truck hauling grand pianos and crystal chandeliers down American highways.

Daimler unveiled concepts for the new pickup in October with expectations for it to receive a global launch in early 2017. Automotive News reports that “global” includes Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America — but not North America.

“Once the next version of the truck comes out — when we see the next iteration — there might be an opportunity to bring it in the medium and the long-term,” Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

Exler could not give a distinctive time frame but did say the company will be keeping tabs on how the pickup does in other markets before making any final decisions.

“That’s exactly what we’re taking a look at,” Exler said. “We want to bring it when we believe it makes sense as Mercedes to bring out the pickup truck.”

With light trucks being immensely popular in the United States the company has said it will continue considering whether the X-Class will make it to the North American market.

“It’s the biggest segment we’re not in,” he said. “It’s overall an attractive, huge segment, but we need to make sure it’s the right time for Mercedes.”

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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65 Comments on “The United States Won’t Pickup Mercedes’ X-Class in 2017...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I’ll give you $100 if you fit a grand piano in that bed.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    Hope they’re not as rust-prone and unreliable as the Sprinter.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @CincyDavid
      Not a problem in Australia

      • 0 avatar
        Adam Tonge

        It’s very much a problem in the Midwest. Sprinters look like they are bleeding rust around here. Bleeding Sprinters are great advertisements for the Transit.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          @Adam Tonge
          Really does not exist here. Yet to see a Sprinter that rusts

          • 0 avatar
            86er

            Incidentally, in Canada we have snow. Did you know that?

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            You heard the man, he said he’s never seen it… His arguments no doubt work for him around the playground sandbox, and I’m sure the kids just let the 53 year old that shows up in the dirty, but remarkably rust free Sprinter windowless panel van win the argument every time.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I have seen very serious rust on Sprinters, even after only a couple years. The rear doors and rockers along the sides are often toast. Big rust on the hood as well from rock chips.

          At 10 years or younger, they look like this:
          http://imganuncios.mitula.net/2004_dodge_sprinter_diesel_van_2950_2950_riverdale_nj_8960018440788821479.jpg

          And I’m not being hyperbolic, I see that all the time.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      The EU doesn’t appeR to have the same rust issues as the US.

      If I remember correctly it snows in the EU.

      It actually snowed in Paris (light) 2 weeks ago.

      • 0 avatar
        86er

        Has anyone seen Big Al and Robert Ryan in the same room?

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        From the UK:

        http://hioctaneimports.co.uk/classic-vehicles/commercial/

        “USUAL SPRINTER RUST MARKS HERE AND THERE”

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          @JimZ
          No, have not seen them rusting. Transits used too in the early 80’s, then all Fords were prone to rust in the 70-80’s
          http://fordtransit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=65664

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            So a guy in the UK says “usual Sprinter rust” and you just haughtily say “No?”

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @JimZ
            Transits were renowned for rusting out in Australia.and it appears it was very much a problem in the UK. So would not have a clue about rust problems of Sprinters in the UK, as they do not have that problem here

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            again you sit there and act like Australia matters.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @JimZ
            Pretty stupid reply even for you. Australia is a designated market for the Mercedes. US has not been considered
            Where does that leave the US, a backwater?

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al From 'Murica

            I have seen plenty of rusty Sprinters in Europe during my travels. You don’t often see them rusted to the extent you would see in the midwest in the Western European nations. I figure this has more to do with more stringent inspections (MoT, etc) then we have in the US because when you see them over in the former Eastern Bloc they look just like you’d see in Ohio.

            And Robert Ryan, perhaps Mercedes decision to sell in Australia has more to do with Australia effectively locking US full size trucks out of their market with RHD regulations and what not. While the truck market is hot and the midsize market is growing for sure it is still very small and another entry that really doesn’t fit with Mercedes brand strategy in the US would further dilute that, assuming US truck or existing Mercedes customers lined up to buy it, which is a stretch.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @Big Al From ‘Murica
            Neither,finishing in 1980, F100, F250’s F350’s were assembled and made in Australia.Bronco was also built
            They never used to sell well. The First F150’s also came out at the end of the F100 run.
            F150’s , last I looked do not do Off Road very well or have a minimum 2,400lb payload for the dual cab, plus they are not diesels
            As far as rusty vans are concerned, the Transit was a real rust bucket, part of the Ford DNA

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    The X Cass is destined for a global market definetly not the US Mercedes /Daimler reckons that will be in 2025 2.8 million vehicles . Not the first time that NA has missed out on vehicles that are sold elsewhere or vehicles that are only sold in NA, but nowhere else

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      Mostly we miss out on stuff that’s far from meeting US crash/emissions standards, highly niche, or very redundant. But that’s made up for by the widest selection of makes and classes of vehicles, from very affordable to high luxury. Basically we have what the world has, plus a whole lot more!

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        yep. we might “miss out” on certain body styles (wagon) but for the most part, we already get the “good” European cars. The stuff we don’t get is usually pretty cheap and miserable. I can say with certainty nobody would want anything like a Dacia Duster.* I’ve driven one, I would rather just take a pencil and shove it in my ear. ‘cos if I’m going to hurt that bad, I’m gonna do it to myself.

        (* yes, Jalops will claim left and right that they’d totally buy one if they were sold here, but we know how much those statements are worth.)

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al From 'Murica

      He’s just salty because they miss out on our full-sized trucks down under. I bet RobertRyan has a Power Wagon poster on his wall and OZ-AL lusts for a Raptor.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Mercedes making pickups?

    Before you know it, they’ll be making a compact car with no back seat that sells for $40,000.

    Wait…

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @FreedMike
      So does Renault , Fiat,VW, and now Citroen

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        …none of which are established luxury brands in the United States.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          FreedMike,
          MB is the same here. MB is not just a luxury brand. MB sells everything up to large prime movers.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Right, but in the U.S., M-B is a luxury brand, despite selling some commercial vehicles.

            Thus, selling something decidedly downmarket, like a pickup truck, or a compact car, is something of a departure from their product line here…which was my point.

            Something tells me we’re not going to see A-class city-car hatchbacks from M-B here, ever.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          @FreedMike
          They own Freightliner, so in a sense their Commercial vehicles are very prevalent in the US

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            RobertRyan – um…. WTF?

            B-R-A-N-D

            Brand.

            Does anyone in the USA or Canada looking at a M-B think Freightliner let alone pickup?

            It doesn’t really matter what M-B sells in the rest of the world or wht else they own here.

            H-E-R-E they are a luxury brand.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @Lou_BC
            When you mention MB Trucks/ Commercial Vehicles here or anywhere else outside NA, it is Mercedes, Fuso and Freightliner Trucks, then their variousVans and SUV’s.Cars are not included, quite separate
            They are now outselling Ford as a car brand, becoming mainstream

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @Lou_BC
            X Class is not destined for NA, as a result there is no confusion over Mercedes Trucks , Vans and SUV’s and then Cars. Mercedes or Daimler, is for the largest Truck maker on the Planet.
            Now outselling Ford cars in Australia, indication how much Ford has fallen.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    It’s based on a non-US-markets Nissan. The next gen Frontier/Navara will be for all markets, so that’s when this Mercedes pickup will be sold here, probably built in Tennessee.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I hate to say it, I love it.

    Given we’re in an era where pickup trucks can be optioned up north of $60K in 1/2 ton configurations, Mercedes could be competitive.

    That is if Herr Trump doesn’t make the chicken tax 300%.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @APaGttH
      No doubt we will. It is the general trend to make Pickups more car like. This market will explode in the next couple of years. It is aleeady bigger than the US market for Pickups

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        As well “midsize pickups” do not have a 2,400lb min payload in NA

        • 0 avatar
          Adam Tonge

          You can’t compare payload and towing figures across borders.

          In the UK, you can tow 660 kg unbraked and 1200 kg braked with a 1.0T 6-Speed Ford Focus. That rating in the US is 0.

          Also, the payload rating on my Focus was 827 lbs. A similar Focus in Europe would have a rating of over 1300 lbs.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Adam,
            I do believe this another US “safety” regulation designed to encourage (force) the consumer into a larger vehicle.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @Adam Tonge
            I would look at your payload ratings or more that case lack of them.Mercedes is talking about what the factory rates it’s own vehicles for Payload. It is not a tow rating.
            Tow ratings vary. Saw some interesting figures from a local converter , who managed to take 2,000lbs of a RAM 2500 diesel initially to what it is rated in the US, then by various hitch types, took it down too 7,700lb towing.

            “The RAM is the stand-out of our ‘Top 10’ because it makes every other tow vehicle we’ve tested seem like toys. It can tow up to 6989kg behind it, but you’ll need a pintle hook to do it. With a 50mm towball, it’s ‘only’ a 3500kg maximum. It towed a 2900kg caravan like it wasn’t even there.

            The RAM was a rock-solid towing platform and although the front end pitched up and down on rough roads, it wasn’t too obvious. Hills didn’t slow the RAM and with its exhaust brakes, going downhill at a set speed without needing the brakes was easy. It might be more of a truck than some would want with its rough-riding ways, but if you wanted the ultimate tow vehicle, this is it.

            Check out the full review of the RAM Laramie 500.

            SPECS

            Engine 6.7L inline six-cylinder turbodiesel

            Transmission Six-speed automatic

            Towing capacity 3500kg (4500kg with 70mm towball; 6989kg with pintle)

            Towball (max) 350kg

            >END BREAKOUT<"

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        RobertRyan,
        I read 2016 (this year) we over took the US in pickup sales as a market share. The Canadians are the same.

        Remembering our pickups are midsizers and the US goes up to HDs. Take HDs out of US sales (and Canadian) and leave comparable 1/2ton and US midsizers our pickup segment is very large.

        The difference is vehicle ownership in Australia is approximately the same as the US and Canada has a significantly lower rate of vehicle ownership. Also our new car sales is very similar to the US.

        MB needs a pre-existing market in the US before it will consider “US” manufactured X Class pickups, like VW with the Amarok. Whilst US regulations make it hard for manufacturers to import to test the water the US will not have the range of pickups we have.

        Have you seen the “new” Chinese Ford Ranger (and “Everest”)? It looks like a BT50 had carnal knowledge with a Ranger. It seems Ford will back up the overly expensive Ranger with a intro model. Interesting. It will be imported next year. So it seems Ford wants Ranger based pickups in China.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I do think the comment fro the MB spokesperson is nonsense.

    The US Frontier will be different than the global Navara. I have read rumours the US Frontier will be a narrow body variant.

    The MB X Class will only share the chassis and body with the Navara. Everything else will be different.

  • avatar
    86er

    C’mon Dr. Z they’ll want them in the Big D!

  • avatar
    Pch101

    C-Klasse: Ja!

    Cowboy-Klasse: Nein!

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    A Nissan truck that Mercedes has had their hands all over? I’m not sure I’d say we in North America are “missing” anything here.

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