Ahead of its official unveiling next week, Mercedes-Benz has now released a brand new teaser video for its upcoming new luxury pickup truck, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The new model will be the very first pickup truck from the brand and the company claims that it will be the first ultra-luxury pickup truck in the market.

A new breed

Mercedes previously announced that plans to produce a Mercedes-Benz pickup truck actually began back in 2015. The company’s engineers have been working long and hard to come up with a platform that will completely make their product unique in the highly competitive market.

The company eventually released its Concept X-Class in late 2016 and the upcoming model seems to be its final production version.

Increasing the hype

While there has already been a number of teaser images and photos of the concept vehicle, the overall look of the final production vehicle still remains to be a mystery. However, based on the recently released trailer, the final vehicle may still look very similar to the concept. The trailer itself is quite brief and most of its content showcases different “rugged” landscapes and vistas, which is clearly aimed at associating the vehicle with the outdoors. It does show the vehicle’s overall silhouette as well as its massive front grille, LED headlights, and LED taillights.

Luxury and ruggedness

According to the company, the upcoming X-Class model will be a combination of strong off-road capabilities, best-in-class driving dynamics, and premium quality. Built through the recent Nissan-Renault alliance, with the assembly being done in Europe and South America, the pick-up will share its body-on-platform with the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan.

However, the similarities apparently end there as The X-Class will incorporate a truly Mercedes interior that is similar in fit and finish to the cabin on the V-Class and the C-Class.

While the interior may feel quite luxurious, the X-Class looks like it will be a truly capable off-roader. Reports have revealed that the vehicle may be coming with a turbocharged V6 diesel engine mated to a four-speed automatic all-wheel drive system.

The vehicle is expected to have a towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds and a payload capacity of 2,600 pounds.

The 2018 X-Class luxury pickup will be competing directly with the likes of the Ford Ranger, the Chevrolet Colorado, and the Toyota Tacoma. However, it is expected to cost significantly more given that it sports the Mercedes star. The vehicle is expected to arrive on the market in late 2017.