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We're all waiting for Mercedes to finally unveil their Nissan Navara based X-Class pickup truck and it's expected to happen before the end of this year. Until the automaker debuts the production version, we'll have to make due with spy photos including this latest batch from CarScoops.

Spotted cold weather testing on the icy roads of Northern Sweden, the X-Class mule seems to be nearing its final production form with just a thin layer of camouflage hiding the body.

This will be the first conventional pickup truck Mercedes has ever produced and specifications have not been mentioned yet aside from the fact that its underpinnings are shared with the Nissan NP300 Navara and Renault Alaskan. What sets the X-Class apart from those two vehicles is a wider track, five-link rear suspension and a strengthened chassis.

Powering the range topping version of the Mercedes X-Class may be the latest OM642 diesel mill. The 3.0-liter diesel V6 can produce up to 265 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. We can also expect to see four and six-cylinder options along with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Expect to see the Mercedes-Benz X-Class fully uncovered sometime in the second half of this year, but for those of you in the United States the wait to get your hands on one may be longer.
 

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The bed looks pretty short, but pretty on point with what the concepts were showing. The front end though, that front bumper looks different and a lot more "enclosed" opposed to the large openings. Already fitted roof rails is a nice touch though, adds shape and character to it.
 
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