Mercedes has made some big changes in recent years, making a move downmarket with its ever-growing range of A-Classes, but its latest product is the biggest departure from three-pointed tradition we’ve seen yet. The X-Class shares its underpinnings with the Renault Alaskan and Nissan Navara, but Mercedes is adamant it melds the capability of a traditional truck with levels of luxury previously unmatched in the segment.

mercedes-x-class-concept-1It might have been unthinkable in past, but Mercedes moving into the world of trucks actually makes sense. Pickup truck sales are growing rapidly, as people start to think of them as lifestyle vehicles rather than workhorses. Fourteen percent of all light vehicles sold in Australia are pickup trucks, and it’s a similar story in Latin America. Even those sophisticated Europeans love them.

mercedes-x-class-concept-2With that in mind, Mercedes has aimed the X-Class at buyers who want to drive it around the city during the week, before loading it up with bikes, kayaks and surfboards for their weekend adventures.