Rumour: Mercedes X-Class pickup to be discontinued

According to a media report, Mercedes might discontinue the X-Class pickup from its line-up.

The X-Class was launched in 2017 and is based on the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan. The car is built at Nissan's factory in Barcelona, Spain. At launch, the pickup was offered with two four-cylinder diesel engines and a V6 diesel later joined the line up. It competes against the Volkswagen Amarok and the Ford Ranger.

In 2018, Mercedes sold only 16,700 units of the X-Class in Europe, Australia and South Africa. The car was not sold in the US and plans to manufacture the car in Argentina for South American markets were dropped. Sales took a hit due to many recalls, including one related to a footwell light, which could come loose and jam under the brake pedal.

The report also suggests that Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, cut its profit forecast for the fourth time in 13 months and is looking to reduce costs. The company is said to have kept aside money to cover crackdowns on diesel emissions and recalls due to Takata airbags.

Source - Automotive News

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