Mercedes-Benz Officially Joins the Midsize Truck War

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The sleek Mercedes-Benz X-Class aims to land in the garages of affluent buyers, but could it bring heat to the Ford Ranger?

While America anxiously awaits the return of the Ford Ranger midsize truck, Chevy, GMC, Toyota, Nissan, and now even Honda are capitalizing on rising sales. Much to our surprise, the next enemy of the Blue Oval could very well come out of Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz revealed their all-new X-Class pickup truck to the world today, and they’re claiming that it will be a game changer in the world of “upscale” pickups. Mmm… something tells me these guys haven’t seen a Platinum F-150 or Super Duty before. But it does makes us curious about what its price point will be? After all, it’s just a midsize truck.

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In order to make the X-Class more than just a pretty pickup, Mercedes-Benz sourced the globally acclaimed Nissan Navara, which is the next-generation Frontier found overseas. Funny enough, they didn’t just get the chassis or platform from Nissan — they got the whole darn thing. The X-Class is basically a redesigned Navara with a very fancy interior.

How will Mercedes-Benz compete against the Ford Ranger in the US? It won’t. That’s right. You’re probably not even done cursing this thing to hell (much like you did the Honda Ridgeline story last week), and now it turns out the X-Class isn’t even America-bound.

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While the global midsize truck market may not be of any importance to you, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Global trends can severely influence what happens in the United States. If you don’t think that’s true, then why do you think we’re getting a brand new Ford Ranger?

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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