Mercedes X-Class explores wilderness comfort
Removable full cabin and slide-out kitchen show new pickup's potentialJoe Duarte
Published: January 19, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: April 30, 2018, 7:03 PM
The versatility and adaptability of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup was unveiled at Germany’s Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show with a display of camper van conversions from two independent suppliers.
Promoting the new X-Class as the new base vehicles for adventure vacationing, Mercedes showed off a removable cabin camper from body-designer/builder Tischer, and a full kitchen conversion from VanEssa Mobilcamping.
Mercedes says its new pickup is ideally suited for a new breed of adventure campers, who are taking their homes-on-wheels to increasingly more remote locations. To do that, they need a combination of a vehicle with off-road capabilities that also supplies comfortable long-distance driving, and a living area with all the comforts of home. When you have the capability to decouple the living quarters at the destination base, and use the pickup for driving around, that’s a bonus.
The X-Class is reportedly ideal for the task because it not only has the classic pickup strengths of toughness and go-anywhere/do-anything abilities (such as available ground clearance of 222 mm, water-fording depth of up to 600 mm, 4Matic 4-wheel drive and downhill speed control), but combines them with the looks, amenities, upscale comfort, safety features, and networking capabilities of Mercedes automobiles.
Trailer stability, tire pressure monitoring, LED exterior lighting and emergency call system are included for safety and security, as are adaptive cruise control, brake assist, lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition.
VanEssa Mobilcamping created a fully equipped kitchen on a heavy-duty pull-out weighing 250 kg. It includes a cooler, cooking and washing up facilities, and stowage for crockery and supplies. A second pull-out offers space for more items. The bed is protected by a teak cover made to look like a yacht deck. Pneumatic struts prop up the cover to 45 degrees.
It can also be fitted with a roof tent with rear-facing entrance.
The Tischer demountable cabin features an interior width of 1500 mm, and headroom of almost two metres. There’s room for three with a seating area that converts into a second bed, kitchen with a 3-burner stove, and a bathroom with foldaway basin, swivelling toilet and shower stall.