A long-bed Mercedes X-Class prototype was recently spotted testing.
Our friends over at Motor1.com reported an extended-bed version of the Mercedes X-Class which was spotted testing out in the wild. They noted the longer pickup was spotted last March, but we hadn’t seen anything since. However, it seems Mercedes is still on track to bring out a long-bed model of its Nissan Navara-based pickup. The current Mercedes-Benz X-Class is built on the platform that underpins the NP300 Navara.
Motor1 conceded Mercedes has been mum on whether the truck’s actually coming to the United States. At this point, it doesn’t look likely. There are a few more interesting observations to note, though. For instance, the article mentions, “A longer bed with more power under the hood would certainly appeal to U.S. pickup truck buyers.” Perhaps we could see more powerful engines than the base 2.0-liter gasoline engine if there were sufficient demand.
Right now, the Nissan Navara is available in a long-bed, single cab configuration with a 5.8-foot (approx.) bed, or a short-bed crew cab with a 5-foot bed. On the other hand, we in the U.S. can get a current-generation Frontier with a crew cab and a six-foot bed.
Regardless of whether the Mercedes X-Class joins the midsize truck fold, this may be a sign of what’s to come with the new Frontier. Hopefully we’ll know more about the Frontier that’s