Mercedes released the X-Class, their first commercial truck, a short while ago. The car is rather impressive as it blends perfectly between a luxury crossover and a workhorse. However, it still isn’t perfect as it is missing a few features. On top of that, the X-Class is one of the most expensive trucks currently on sale in Australia and in Europe. Luckily this didn’t scare the customers away as Mercedes already sold quite a few of them. Despite being a Mercedes, the X-Class is actually based on the Navara. It features the same fully boxed in frame as the Nissan and a similar independent suspension system. However, the car features a completely different running gear which allows the X-Class to be quite a bit more comfortable than its sibling. In order to make things even better, it looks like the German manufacturer may release a new model with the 2023 Mercedes X-Class AMG.
So far there isn’t all that much official information about it besides the fact that AMG’s CEO confirmed the truck. He said the X-Class is the prefect contender for an AMG version but he’s not sure if a V8 would be good for it. Even though this is the case, we are pretty sure the AMG will become the truck to have in a couple of years.
We can expect it to boast an entirely new running gear, likely lower to the ground, bigger brakes as well as larger 20 to 21 inch rims wrapped in high performance street tires. Despite what some said, the AMG is more than likely going to be a road-oriented truck with performance upgrades to make it faster on paved roads. Unfortunately its release date is unknown but chances are it won’t cost much more than a GLC AMG.
Even though it is based on a Navara, the X-Class doesn’t share much with it except the glasshouse. The 2023 Mercedes X-Class AMG will likely take things a bit further. For starters, we can expect a new grille in the front alongside new LED and laser headlights. The bumper is likely going to be quite similar to that of the GLC AMG, so things like a small splitter, honeycomb mesh and new air-canards should be in store.
The truck will likely feature a bed cover as standard, possibly a new roll-cage and even flared wheel arches. The latter would be needed in order to allow the truck to house the wider wheels inside the body. As this will be an AMG model, we can expect the X-Class to feature black, instead of chrome, exterior inserts, carbon fiber touches as well as a bulged hood.
For a truck, the X-Class features a rather impressive amount of luxury features. The 2023 Mercedes X-Class AMG will just take things a step further. The basic design of the dashboard will stay.
However, the truck will likely get flat-bottom steering wheel, a unique instrument cluster and carbon fiber inserts instead of the usual plastic or aluminum ones. Also, the seats are likely going to change for something a bit more impressive. Some suggested the truck will come with one-piece seats and while it may seem far-fetched for now, we wouldn’t be surprised if AMG actually does it.
2020 Mercedes X-Class AMG Specs
The current X-Class is available with a range of diesel engines and it can also be had with a petrol engine. These range in power from around 180 all the way up to close to 260 horsepower. Any version is more than capable of handling its own, the only real drawback being the clatter of the diesel. It looks like the 2023 Mercedes X-Class AMG will feature something more special. While the truck will not get a V8, chances are AMG will install their 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine under the hood.
|2020 Mercedes X-Class AMG|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||V6 petrol engine|
362 hp/384 lb-ft
|0-60 mph||5.0 seconds|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|Competitors:Chevrolet Colorado,Ford Ranger Raptor|
This is known to make 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque which is quite a big jump from the other engines. Thanks to the added power, the X-Class should now be able to hit 60 MPH in closer to 5.0 seconds and it should be able to hit a limited top speed of over 120 MPH. Unlike most other trucks on the road, in order to support that power we can expect AMG to install new brakes, likely new suspension components as well as far better tires.