When Will We Know Whether the X-Class Will Come to the U.S.?
With the country consuming luxury pickups at an unprecedented rate and Mercedes-Benz set as the perfect manufacturer to rule the segment, people everywhere have one question on their minds: will the X-Class come to the U.S.? Mercedes-Benz itself has yet to release a definitive yes or no answer, but it’s seeming more and more likely that the stunning X-Class could be coming to the American side of the Atlantic. We can’t wait to see it included among our extensive inventory of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The Booming Pickup Segment
Anyone with their ear to ground will tell you that cars are losing plenty of ground to pickups these days. A sales report indicates that trucks now make up 60% of auto sales in the United States, up from 56% just last year.
It’s not just the numbers that are changing, but the pickup segment itself. Modern vehicles retain the workman-like capability of their forebears, as well as brand-new luxury features and technologies. Mercedes-Benz previously led the way when a similar trend changed the SUV segment, so we already thought them well-placed to do the same for pickups. When the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup was announced for introduction in Europe next year, we felt it would also make an ideal entry to the American market.
Is the X-Class on the Horizon for American Drivers?
Mercedes-Benz just fanned the flames of expectation by revealing two X-Class concepts: a street-friendly cruiser in striking white and a stylish explorer in matte yellow. The street model possessed large wheels and a cool wraparound tail light cluster, while the explorer boasted off-road tires, a winch, and carbon fender flares. Any model released should use a diesel V6 with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, plus a range of four-cylinder engines and drivetrains taken from the Nissan Navara.
At the same time, Mercedes-Benz announced primary markets, including Europe, Latin America, Australia, and South Africa. No plans for a U.S. release were confirmed, but we note that Mercedes-Benz has been more than a little cagey about offering a flat-out denial.
Check Back for Updates on the Forthcoming X-Class!
We’re unsure if or when we’ll be able to confirm the introduction of the X-Class for American drivers, but as always, we’ll keep you informed! For the latest news, don’t hesitate to contact us at RBM of Alpharetta near Johns Creek. Local drivers are also welcome to visit our dealership, conveniently located at 345 McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta, GA.