Mercedes X-Class To Be Discontinued, Says Report

EverythingwithMercedes-Benz’first-everpickupwasgoingasplanned–themodelgotawell-receiveddebutandtherangewaslaterjoinedbyarange-toppingV6engine.TheGermancompanyevenconsideredaV8-poweredvariantandworkedonanextendedversion,butallthiscouldremainjustrumorsandspeculations.Accordingtoanewreport,theautomakerisconsideringtheideaofdroppingthetruckfromitsmodelrange.

Quoting“sourcesattheautomaker,”AutomotiveNewsclaimsDaimlerseekstoreducecostsandoptimizeprofitsofitsbusinessandtheX-Classcouldbeoneofthefirstvictimsofthisprocess.Withjust16,700salesinEurope,Australia,andSouthAfricalastyear,themodeliswaybelowtheexpectationsanddoesnotgenerateenoughincomeforthemanufacturer.NothingcanbeconfirmedatthemomentbutuncertaintysurroundingtheRenaultNissanAlliancepartnershipwithDaimlercouldalsoplayaroleinthefinaldecision.

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Basicallyarebadgedandslightlyre-engineeredversionofNissan’sNavarapickupbuiltinBarcelona,theX-Classnevermetitsprogrammedsalesresults,mainlyduetoitshighprice.InGermany,thebasepricefortheluxuryworkhorseis€37,294,whichequalstoapproximately$41,856atthecurrentexchangerates.TheV6modelstartsatwhopping€48,790,or$54,759.Justforcomparisonpurposes,aFordF-150Platinumstartsat$54,920intheUnitedStates.

AutomotiveNewsalsonotesthatseveralrecallshitsalesnumbersoftheX-Class.Oneofthemostshockingservicecampaignsforthemodelwasrelatedtoafootwelllightthatcancomelooseandjamunderthebrakepedal.Ina40-plusgrandpremiumtruck?Comeon,Mercedes.

Meanwhile,Daimlercutitsprofitforecastearlierthismonthforthefourthtimeinthelast13months,AEreports.ThemainreasonfortherecalculatedfiguresisthefactthatthemanufacturersetasidemoremoneytocoverdieselemissionsandTakatarecallsexpenses.

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