After announcing back in April 2015 that it was working on a pickup truck, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled two concepts that previews the upcoming model. It will be called X-Class.
Based on the Nissan NP300 / Navara, the so-called Mercedes-Benz X-CLass Powerful Adventurer and X-Class Stylish Explorer concepts are two versions of one truck, the former aimed at those who like off-road adventures and the latter directed at those who put luxury and a refined ride above all else.
As such, the Adventurer evokes a traditional pickup with a focus on off-road capabilities and rugged styling, while the Explorer goes for a more upscale look with a white metallic paint and 22-inch chrome wheels.
The exterior will be toned down a bit for the production X-Class, while premium interior will feature high-quality materials and borrow components from the C-Class and V-Class.
Mercedes has confirmed that the top spec models will be powered by a V6 diesel engine paired with the company’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system and should be able to tow up to 7,000 pounds.
Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, stated:
“Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us.”
The latest Navara is offered with several four-cylinder engines, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the German automaker gives the X-Class a four-banger or two.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class goes on sale by the end of 2017 and will be available in Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Mercedes hasn’t announced whether the model will come to the United States and Canada.
Hyundai 45 EV Concept Pays Tribute To 1974 Pony Coupe
It foreshadows the design and technological developments of future production EVs.
Hyundai has unveiled the 45 EV Concept, an all-electric vehicle that pays tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, the car that introduced the Korean automaker to the world.
Visually, the 45 EV concept features an attractive yet minimalistic design that blends futuristic and throwback touches inspired by the Pony. Highlights include a monocoque-style body that’s said to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.
Not only does the name reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared, but it is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming a diamond-shape silhouette that Hyundai says previews the design direction of future production EVs.
The interior supposedly feel like a living room outfitted with new pieces of furniture, boasting rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door to improve ingress and egress. A new hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) serves as the side mirrors and opens the door for self driving applications.
Hyundai left out any details about the electric powertrain and how much driving range it offers, but we expect at least 400 miles (644 km).
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.
Acura Type S Concept Previews Exciting New Sports Sedan
It marks the return of the venerable Type S sub-brand after a decade-long hiatus.
Acura has revealed the Type S concept, showcasing its vision for a modern high-performance package.
Inspired by the latest NSX supercar, the sporty four-door concept features more aggressive styling with better sports car proportions than Acura’s current sedans, with highlights including a long hood that stretches back to the A-pillars, a wide track, and a low stance.
The car features an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, new four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, forged carbon exterior elements, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and 285-width summer tires. Expect the production model to look very similar to the concept.
When the second-generation TLX goes on sale in 2020, it will be the first Acura since 2011 to get the Type S treatment. The new TLX Type S will likely compliment the aesthetic enhancements with more power and sportier handling.
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