The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 looks just like the 1970s model it replaces, but looks can be deceiving. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu says the high tech SUV is bigger and better than the original G.
The X-Class apparently didn’t have the X-factor Mercedes-Benz was hoping for.
The automaker’s midsize pickup truck is being discontinued this spring, just three years after its debut. The move comes amid a broader cost-cutting strategy the company recently initiated.
Automotive News reports that Mercedes-Benz sold fewer than 10,000 of the pickups globally in the first nine months of last year, and just 16,700 in 2018.
The X-Class is a redesigned and luxed-up version of the Nissan Navara, and neither is sold in the United States.
Similar in size to the Nissan Frontier, the starting price for the X-Class in Spain, where it is produced, is around $45,000, or more than twice what the cheapest Navara goes for there.
Mercedes-Benz has been exploring the idea of introducing a pickup in the United States, where they are more popular than anywhere, but the X-Class didn’t fit the bill due to America’s unique safety regulations and the 25 percent “Chicken Tax” levied on imported pickups.