These days, we can read opposite reports about luxury ute. While some sources suggest the 2020 Mercedes X-Class could finally hit the U.S. market, others suggest its discontinuation, due to slow sales. There is plenty of reasons to believe in both stories but one thing is certain, nothing will happen in the next year. We expect from the model to continue in the same way, with familiar design characteristics and overall layout. The model is heavily based on the Nissan Navara and the state will remain for some more time.
Some reports are also suggesting AMG versions, but that probably won’t happen. The 2020 Mercedes X-Class will carry on with familiar engines in the offer, which means two highly capable diesel units, which deliver pretty respectable numbers in all aspects, including towing capacity. Given the fact that there are no significant changes to come, it’s not hard to presume that the new model will hit the market in a typical time of year, probably in December.
2020 Mercedes X-Class Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the new Mercedes X-Class 2020 definitely won’t come with any particular change. We are about to see a familiar design, which is heavily based on the Nissan Navara. The X-Class rides on the same platform as the excellent Japanese truck and shares most of the mechanics. This is definitely a great thing, considering that Navara offers an amazing balance between capabilities and comfort. In terms of the size, the X-Class is the same as Navara’s crew cab models, as it measures 124 inches in wheelbase. It’s not as much as in Colorado, for example, but definitely more than enough to provide a spacious and comfortable cabin. The ride quality is impressive, as well as the handling.
In terms of the styling, you can easily notice the brand’s familiar design language, but the overall shape is pretty much the same as on the Japanese truck. Most of the changes were made at the front, while another interesting detail is that the X-Class features a little bit lower ground clearance compared to Navara.
On the inside, you will notice certain modifications, but the overall layout is pretty much the same. The dashboard features the same shape, but you may notice a couple of added details, such as Mercedes’ infotainment system and those recognizable round air vents. Also, you may notice a couple of additions in terms of higher-quality materials and similar things. The cabin by itself looks attractive, while the list of standard equipment is quite long as well. Of course, you can count on all kinds of tech goodies and conveniences. The 2020 Mercedes X-Class interior probably won’t feature any particular change, though we won’t exclude a possibility to see a couple of additions in terms of standard features.
2020 Mercedes X-Class Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, things are pretty clear here. The 2020 Mercedes X-Class will continue with two familiar engine options in the offer. Given the markets where this truck is offered, it’s not strange that both options are diesel-powered. Base models feature a smaller 2.3-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 160 horsepower in its base version. The same engine is available with a max output of 190 horsepower, which is already enough for some pretty decent performances. A 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel sits at the top of the offer. This unit is good for about 260 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, which are pretty impressive ratings for the class. With such an amount of power, you can count on pretty respectable performances and capabilities. For example, this model can tow more than 7.700 pounds, which are some of the best ratings in the class.
2020 Mercedes X-Class Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2020 Mercedes X-Class late in the year. Bigger changes in prices are not expected, so base models should go around 38.000 dollars.
X-Class May Be Discontinued?
As we’ve already mentioned, there is a chance that the German manufacturer will kill this truck. Of course, the obvious reason is demand. Simply, the truck doesn’t sell as well as the company expected. With less than 17.000 units sold in the last year, we definitely can’t call this model successful.
The obvious reason for such a small demand is price. Although under MB badge, this is still just a pickup truck and paying more than 40.000 dollars for the base version doesn’t make too much sense. For that money, you can get a decently equipped full-size pickup truck with a V8 engine. Things are even worse if you look at higher trim levels. The most expensive X-Class costs over 54.000 dollars, which it the price of the F-150 Limited. Therefore, we have no reason to believe that things will become better for Mercedes in the future, especially if we consider all those recalls that have been recorded recently.