Sorry folks, the AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class will remain in the fantasy world. According to some news, the AMG big boss has finally spoken up about why an AMG X-Class is not going to happen. So those who have been wishing to get more out of the 3L turbo diesel V6 engine need to wake up from this delusion.
Okay, so the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz X-Class Concept will not have the AMG treatment. But, there must be a good reason behind this. Mercedes –AMG’s Tobias Moers clarified that the production-ready pickup truck will not be equipped with high-performance upgrades for three main reasons.
The obvious and most important one of all is the market. Slated to go on sale next year, the new pickup has yet to establish its own footprint. But since the X-Class will be marketed in Australia, maybe then we can see how it goes from there? Still, Moers believes that the demand for an AMG upgrade should come from other places as well. And as far as they can tell, it’s not going to happen.
The next reason is that the X-Class pickup is not purely a Mercedes. To those who don’t know yet, the X-Class is based on a Navara, (Nissan’s dual cab utility truck). Given that, Mercedes has modified the workhorse to make it at par with their standards. In most cases, a 3.0 litre engine can deliver up to 255 horsepower and 457 pound feet of torque.
Nonetheless, the re-badged Nissan Navara will be manufactured at the Nissan factory in Barcelona, Spain. Aside from Australia, the production model will be sold in South Africa and Europe. Latin Americans will also get their hands on the Mercedes-badged utility vehicle but this may take place probably much later on. Renault in Cordoba Argentina is slated to assemble the X-Class beginning 2018. Sadly, Mercedes has also confirmed that it won’t be selling the X-Class in the US.
The third reason behind AMG’s reluctance has to do with the brand image itself. Moers thinks that the AMG brand could also hurt Mercedes Benz’s image in some way and may not be beneficial for both all the time. And it does make sense. Do you still remember what happened with the R-63 AMG years ago?
All things considered, an AMG styling package may still be on the line. The utility pickup truck deserves a sportier design package, don’t you think? As long as Mercedes puts the AMG mechanical works aside, we think AMG is still open for reconsideration.