What is it?
There was a time when pick-up trucks were uncomfortable and a bit ragged around the edges. There was room for two in the cab, plus a bale of hay and the obligatory Border Collie riding shotgun.
But nowadays, manufacturers are producing more luxurious double cab examples, and they’re proving popular, selling at the rate of more than 50,000 per annum in the UK. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is the latest arrival and billed as the first pick-up from a premium manufacturer.
A cargo payload of 1092kg qualifies this crewcab pickup as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), so business users can reclaim the VAT. Benefit-in-kind (BIK) taxation is much lower than that of a company car too, and at a fixed rate rather than on a sliding scale.
The X-Class is based on the underpinnings of the Nissan Navara, including its ladder chassis, engine, drivetrain and suspension with solid rear axle. Trim levels are Pure, Progressive and Power, of which the range-topping latter is expected to be the biggest seller.