Mercedes-Benz Pickup Gets a Name: X or Z? [News]

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Mercedes-Benz has reportedly come to somewhat of a consensus in naming its new class of pickup. According to CarAdvice, the company announced during a secretive design forum in Australia that the new vehicle line will be known as the X Class, although Z Class is also an option. Execs are leaning toward X Class because it better describes a rugged off-road-worthy vehicle. We’re not sure anybody is looking to MB for just such a truck, but they apparently want to play in the smallish truck market, too.

The new Mercedes is said to be based on the Nissan NP300 / Navara sold overseas and come with two unconfirmed diesel options. Standard will be a 2.3L four-cylinder putting out 187 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. For buyers willing to upgrade, there will be an optional six-cylinder with 255 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Three trim levels will also be available to suit the needs of people feel the need for a Mercedes truck, with the upscale trims reportedly having a “B-Class-esque” interior

As you might have guessed already, the new MB has not been confirmed to make an appearance stateside. If it does, we wouldn’t hold our breath for the diesel engines, although a mid-size pickup with a diesel would be great. On a related note, the Colorado and Canyon Duramax twins are now being released to dealers (read the story of the delay here). Also, check out video of the Colorado’s first drive review below.

Brian is an engineer by trade but his true passion is anything automotive. He wakes up every morning to search the web for the latest industry news. He enjoys taking his Tacoma 4×4 off-road in the mountains of Colorado where he spends his free time hiking, biking, and snowboarding with his wife and dogs near their Rocky Mountain home.