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As a premium pickup designed to be a perfect fit for the urban environment, one wouldn't consider the Mercedes X-Class mid-size pickup a workhorse. But it seems like the German automaker is planning to improve the pickup's capabilities by offering customers a longer rear bed.

Spied undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden, the camouflaged X-Class looks almost identical to the standard model aside from a longer truck bed. Interesting enough, there are two tones to the bed wrap as one section is lighter than the other. Perhaps that portion is an indicator of just how many more inches the bed has.

The standard box measures 62.4-inches long, but the Nissan Navara it's based on has an optional 70.3-inch long bed, meaning the X-Class' new bed could have similar if not identical measurements. Looking at the off colored portion, an 8-inch increase seems reasonable.

Engine options should be similar to what's already available; a four-cylinder 2.3-liter diesel engine in two states of tune and the4 newly introduced 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel. The latter is reported by CarScoops to deliver 258 PS (190 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque. Mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, a short box X-Class should be able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
 

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I suppose if you need a long bed for your toys like a seadoo or an ATV, the longer bed X-Class would be a better option. Surprised Mercedes didn't release it at the same time as the shorter bed version.
 

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I suppose if you need a long bed for your toys like a seadoo or an ATV, the longer bed X-Class would be a better option. Surprised Mercedes didn't release it at the same time as the shorter bed version.
Selling these as fleet it will work just as well. There will be people in trades that see a lot of value in the added space. People already pay a lot for high end trims of current pick-ups offered from Ford and RAM even for work purposes, they'll do the same to this X-Class
 

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I am curious how many owners actually plan on using the X-Class as a real work truck. Imo the longer bed kind of throws off the dimensions of the truck. Suppose there is no harm in offering it as an additional option.
 
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