If Mercedes-Benz builds the X-Class here, would you buy it? Although the German automaker wasn’t planning on bringing the upcoming X-Class midsize pickup stateside when it was announced last fall, that decision apparently wasn’t set in stone.
Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van division honcho, hinted at the possibility of it coming here after all during a news briefing in Stuttgart, Reuters reports.
“In the past year the mid-sized truck market has come back a bit. General Motors is launching a mid-sized truck. We are watching developments very closely, and we will make a decision at the appropriate time,” he said.
Mornhinweg also revealed that a new U.S. production site would be considered to build the pickups for the North American market, which would spare the X-Class from the gnarly 25-percent border tax on imported trucks. Current plans call for the Nissan Navara-based X-Class to be built in Argentina and Spain.
The X-Class is currently slated to go on sale in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and South America. To date, we’ve only seen a concept version of the X-Class, but we should see the production version in the near future.
The V-6-powered premium pickup is expected to be capable of hauling a payload of more than 2,400 pounds and tow more than 7,700 pounds.