Is this Mercedes-Maybach X-Class too over-the-top?

Article by Christian A., on July 28, 2017

Have you seen anything like this yet? Or the better question would be, do you want to see something like this made? With this rendering, a Behance designer amps up the ante of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class following a Maybach digital transformation. Russian digital artist Nikita Akysonov equipped Mercedes Benz’s pickup truck with massive air intakes, a new bumper plus a new grille with horizontal chrome design and flashy new LED headlights. At the back end of the pickup, a handful of new equipment certainly won’t go unnoticed too such as the new bumper, new tailgate and redesigned taillights in LED.

As standard, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been built as a tough performance pickup truck characterized by efficient handling and drivability These are achieved using Mercedes’ comfort suspension with coil springs on both axles, front independent wheel suspension, a multi link suspension at the rear and a ladder type frame. With its advanced design, the new pickup attains both being rugged and stylish.

The thing is, Daimler considers the X-Class to be the first pickup that provides superb performance both on road and off-road. In fact, Mercedes-Benz already has extensive knowledge in developing some of the toughest off-roaders and commercial vehicles like the G-Class and Unimog. Taking this into account, we can consider the new Volkswagen Amarok with V6 TDI engine to be its closest market rival. This is true at least for medium sized pickups with extreme off-road capabilities.

Come what may, the X-Class is available in several potent and fuel-efficient powertrains which include a 255hp 3.0 – liter diesel V6, a 188hp four cylinder diesel, a 161hp four cylinder diesel and a 164hp four cylinder gasoline. There must be something here to match Volkswagen Amarok’s powerful engines. With its V6 being the only X-Class equipped with permanent four-wheel drive, the rest of them will come with electronically adjusting four-wheel drive with rear drive mode option. The choices for the gearbox come in both 7-speed automatic and 6- speed manual.

There seems to be no stopping this aspiring designer from Saint Petersburg in rendering a more luxurious version of the pickup--- despite Mercedes’ disinterest on an AMG (or even more so for a Maybach). With 6,522 total project views, 301 appreciations and 68 followers as of this writing, Akysonov’s latest digital execution is otherwise very impressive for some. Regardless, Mercedes-Benz Vans global head Volker Mornhinweg did already say that the X-Class is already quite impressive as far as styling goes. Agree or disagree?

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