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Forbidden fruit: The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup is ready to haul in style

Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled the make form of its first proper pickup, the X-Class.

The long-gestating midsize truck the product of a joint enterprise with Nissan and based on the Japanese automakers Navara pickup. The Germans take looks very much like a Mercedes, however, from the forms of its grille to its interior design.

With a starting price of around $40,000 in Germany, its too a very luxed-up try. Mercedes announces it the first getaway from a premium producer, which is a little bit of a extend considering Lincoln and Cadillac have both had gives in the segment , not to mention the fact that you can easily waste over $70,000 on a high tech, leather-lined Ford, Chevy or Ram today.

Nevertheless, “its by” dressy for a midsize pickup and will be offered with a index of electronic refuge features that includes emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. A stray of four diesel and gasoline instruments will be available, the most potent one a 258 hp gasoline V6.

Built with a conventional body-on-frame construction and a live rear axle, the X-Class use coil springs front and rear like a Ram 1500. Its four-wheel-drive structure has a low-toned wander move case and a locking rear differential is optional for added traction. Mercedes alleges its maximum payload and tow ratings are 2,200 pounds and 7,000 pounds, respectively.

Aside from its programme, one very important thing that the X-Class has in common with the Navara is that it will be sold just about everywhere but the United States. In its present form, it wasnt engineered to meet safety standards here. It would also be subject to a 25 percentage importation excise, unless Mercedes started building it here, where it doesnt think theres a big enough marketplace for a high-end tiny truck.

At least not yet.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

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Updated: July 20, 2017 — 3:20 am

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