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.