Mercedes-Benz X-Class axed: Pickup to end production May 2020

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck has been axed. Sold in Europe, Asia and Latin Maerica, the Nissan Navara based truck never sold well.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed to Auto Motor und Sport production of the X-Class pickup will end in May 2020 at Nissan’s plant in Valencia, Spain.

A spokesperson said the “relatively young model” was a niche product in all but “some markets such as Australia and South Africa”.

Launched in 2017, the X-Class was based on the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. It had a wider track, meaning all of the body panels (except the doors) were unique. The interior was also to the X-Class.

Under the hood, the X-Class was available with the Mercedes-Benz M274 2L turbo I4 and OM642 3L V6 turbo-diesel, but also two Renault-Nissan 2.3L turbo-diesel I4 engines.

None of these changes helped the X-Class sell in profitable numbers as buyers still saw it as a dressed up Nissan. In 2018 (it’s first full year on sale) just 16,700 were sold worldwide, this dropped to 15,300 in 2019.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport