Cars 5 ways the Mercedes X-Class is really a Nissan

15:21  28 december  2017
15:21  28 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Mercedes considers deposits for unseen X - Class http Nice looking thing on the outside but they really haven't been able to hide the fact that it's a Nissan with the interior, the way the Merc fittings have been crudely bolted into the dash mixed with buttons and switchgear which clearly aren't their

German brand Mercedes-Benz has just launched a ‘premium pick-up truck’ which it has built in collaboration with Japanese maker Nissan.: 5 ways the Mercedes X-Class is really a Nissan © Press Association 5 ways the Mercedes X-Class is really a Nissan

German brand Mercedes-Benz has just launched a ‘premium pick-up truck’ which it has built in collaboration with Japanese maker Nissan.

When Mercedes announced that it was entering the market with a premium commercial vehicle, it raised many eyebrows.

Could a truck predominantly used by people who spend their days driving through muddy fields really be attractive in a premium specification?

Related: Mercedes X-Class signals birth of the ‘premium pick-up’ (Auto Express)

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Home»Mercedes»2019 Mercedes Benz Class X Review; Premium Pick-up Truck»2019 Mercedes X Class VS Nissan Navara. Along the way , there were also suggestive stretches in off-road where the X Class was the real protagonist.

The 2018 Mercedes -Benz X - Class pickup truck has finally, for real , landed in its final form at a blowout shindig in Cape Town, South Africa. I actually really like the way it came out, and I’m bummed we won’t see these on American streets.

Mercedes thinks so, and proudly revealed at the UK launch that it has already taken nearly 1,000 pre-orders for the pick-up, which starts at £27,310 excluding VAT.

However, this isn’t a bespoke Mercedes. The German manufacturer signed an agreement with Nissan that would see its premium pick-up be based on the rugged Navara.

It was keen to point out that the trucks are not totally alike, even bringing a Navara along so journalists could poke around to see what’s different.

However, there are plenty of similarities – here’s what they are.

Engines and oily bits

a car engine © Provided by The Press Association

While Mercedes was keen to point out all the subtle changes they have made, they couldn’t hide the big one – that most of what’s under the skin is a Nissan.

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This is a way for Nissan -Infiniti to improve the economics of offering a broader range of models in an increasingly diverse marketplace of tastes. Just like Fiat competes with Mazda and ended up cooperating on engineering a vehicle together, Nissan -Infiniti and Mercedes are also working together.

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At launch both engine variants are based on the Japanese manufacturer’s 2.3-litre turbo-diesel unit, pictured here in the Nissan Navara pick-up. The entry-level model makes 161bhp while a 187bhp version is also available.

There’s also a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission, both taken from Nissan, while the clever differentials that move power between all four wheels are also present on the Navara.

Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – we tried the X-Class on a tricky off-road course, and it proved incredibly capable climbing slippery slopes and pulling itself out of bogs. The engine is a bit unrefined and sluggish under acceleration out on the road, though.

Door handles

  5 ways the Mercedes X-Class is really a Nissan © Provided by The Press Association

Mercedes went to great pains to point out that every exterior panel is different – even the rear doors, which look pretty much identical but have a slightly different angle to the window ‘flick’, apparently.

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However, there’s one Navara-spec design feature jutting out of the bodywork, and that’s the door handles. That means you actually have to grab a piece of Nissan to climb into your premium pick-up that’s definitely not a Nissan.

Bottom half of the wing mirrors

a close up of a side view mirror of a car © Provided by The Press Association

We’re not sure how much time and money was saved by doing this, but Mercedes only redesigned half the wing mirror. The bulk of the design that you see is new, but the bottom half, which attaches to the door and supports the mirror’s housing, is straight off the Nissan.

It’s a minor detail, but it’s a detail nonetheless.

Aerial

a close up of a car © Provided by The Press Association Speaking of minor details, we have one more for you. The aerial on the roof, which protrudes proudly from the rear of the cab, is Japanese. It’s decidedly old school-looking, too, so it’s perhaps a surprise Mercedes didn’t see fit to change it…

Key

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The production version of the Mercedes -Benz X - Class double-cab bakkie has been revealed, and much has been said about the fact that the German brand’s pick-up is based on the Nissan Navara. But just how similar are the two?

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Nissan, on the other hand, has rather slim, lightweight keys with flimsy buttons that feel like they could be picked apart by a bored child in five minutes flat.

a close up of a cell phone © Provided by The Press Association Mercedes hasn’t fitted all the electronic gubbins from a Navara key into one of its heavier duty fobs, instead opting to essentially stick its own badge on a Nissan unit.

It does feel like a missed opportunity to extend that premium feeling…

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