The X-Class first appeared on UK roads a few months ago, but the model range will only become fully fleshed out later this year when the range-topping V6 X350d, complete with permanent rather than part-time four-wheel drive, hits British roads.
The car’s global roll-out, meanwhile, will introduce it in South Africa and Australia this year, and South American markets in 2019.
Mercedes claims that the X-Class’s frontal styling features – its twin-louvred radiator grille, sculpted bonnet, and headlights that extend laterally into the front wings – make it “seamlessly fit into the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio”.
They’re certainly features that are recognisable on a Mercedes, but it’s a tenuous claim to suggest that they make a car that is fundamentally different from most other Mercedes fit into the firm’s product brochure “seamlessly”.
Then again, people attracted to a pick-up probably won’t want or expect it to look like an S-Class. But whether the X-Class has genuine and distinctive upmarket design appeal, aside from in a few superficial places, is questionable.