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Mercedes-Benz ‘X-Class’ pickup/ute to debut at Paris show?

Rumours are circulating at the moment suggesting Mercedes could give its new pickup ute a public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class preview

While we’ve heard plenty about the new ute, including confirmation that it will be based on the Nissan Navara NP300, and that it could be called the X-Class, but we’re yet to have any news on when it will be unveiled.

The rumour stems from an Auto Express report as far as we can tell, that says a source has given the publication the heads-up on the situation.

Mercedes will produce the new ute under its commercial vehicle division. Although borrowing the foundations from the Navara, the German counterpart is set to come with a number of unique components, including a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel options.

On the inside is where we’ll see plenty of other unique changes compared with the Nissan. We can turn to its latest V-Class and other vans for some inspiration on what to expect, with a tablet-style LCD screen sitting atop the dash and some luxury-focused features to give it a prestige edge over the rivals.

If the aforementioned report is anything to go by, a concept will be shown at the Paris show in October giving us a clearer idea of its design. The production version isn’t set to hit the market until about the same time in 2017, for certain markets.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.