Revealed last week in concept form, the X-Class retains the ladder-frame chassis, five-link live rear axle and McPherson strut front suspension layout of the Nissan Navara, but Mornhinweg says of the chassis: "We knew what had to be done. A hell of a lot of work, but we learned from our SUV experience." He added that you can "hardly feel the difference between off-road and on-road. I wanted a precise line through corners, and it has crisp handling - you can feel what the car is doing."
Contributing to this improved road behavior is a wider track compared than the Navara's, which increases stability and grip while reducing body roll. Lead engineer Klaus Benzinger says that Mercedes gave up using its original set of benchmark comparators because their dynamics were no longer relevant to the X-Class, such has been the progress made with it.