Mercedes-Benz has decided to drop the X-Class from the product lineup as parent company Daimler hunts for profit, a survey has revealed. Since its debut in 2019 the X-Class hasn’t really captured the industry, and purchasers numbers aren’t looking great.
According to some recent Automotive News Europe report, sources with the carmaker have said the X-Class might be dropped from your lineup. Timing on this hasn’t been outlined, but it’s understood the decision is made caused by slow sales.
During all of 2019 , Mercedes sold just 16,700 illustrations of the X-Class worldwide. This low figure, than the segment rivals, is said to be as a result of a number of factors. A couple of that can be its high starting price, comparatively, although many recalls may also be being blamed to the slow take up.
In Australia, the spot that the ute segment is booming, the X-Class isn’t showing symptoms of increased popularity. During all of 2019 , just 1545 a example of the X-Class were purchased. To compare and contrast, Nissan sold 16,469 instances of the Navara.
The X-Class will be based upon the Nissan Navara and uses a similar platform. It’s built-in precisely the same factory as the Nissan, vacation, however, Mercedes-Benz has applied their own suspension, steering, and interior and exterior. Mercedes also offers its 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine as being an option, badged the X350d, although Nissan’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder is usually available.
Daimler readjusted its profit forecasts recently for your Mercedes-Benz Vans division, changing it from 2 per cent into 4 percent down with the 2019 financial year. Adjustments will be made as the company prepares to spend recent recalls about the Takata airbag crisis, and make changes in order to meet new regulations for diesel engines.
Speaking on the diesel engines, PerformanceDrive have been told by local dealers there has become a 2010 stop on orders of all the new diesel Mercedes-Benz passenger cars australia wide. Could this really is while Mercedes makes changes to conform to new diesel engine emissions standards. Within a statement, Daimler said:
“Daimler AG reassessed the benefits expectations for the 2019 financial year to the Mercedes-Benz Vans division along with the Group. Relevant for your reassessment is definitely an increasing amount of expected expenses related to various ongoing governmental proceedings and measures regarding Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.”
There was some talk of the X-Class successor staying in the works. For the next-gen model it was belief that Mercedes would develop a unique platform and own engines. However it’s unknown if this sort of product will still try.