The ute, which is expected to be badged as a Mercedes-Benz X-Class, appears to carry styling cues from Mercedes’ SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe, and features a wide grille and swept back headlights and a double-cab body on a ladder chassis.
The rear features slim tail-lights and a removable bumper to make loading the tray easier.
True to Mercedes form, we can expect a premium interior with a focus on design and technology. The ute will likely be packed with safety features and driver assistance, as the German-brand moves into the ute segment to offer a more comfortable and luxurious offering while still carrying the same ruggedness and tough off-road ability as its competitors.
Underneath, the X-Class will share a platform with the Nissan Navara, although a four-litre petrol and six-cylinder diesel engine are probably more likely for the workhorse ute, with rumours also suggesting a petrol-hybrid variant.
The spy shots confirmed speculation of the Mercedes-Benz ute after the automaker unveiled a concept in Stockholm, Sweden last year. Two models were shown at the time with a Concept X-Class Stylish Explorer and a Concept X-Class Powerful Explorer, one featuring luxe, urban-friendly interiors while the other taking on a more adventurous look.
“With the Mercedes-Benz pick-up, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio," Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said at the time of the concept reveal. "Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”
At this stage, Australia is expected to be one of the five key markets to receive the X-Class along with Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Europe.