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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be dropped? – Report

According to a report quoting ‘sources at the automaker’ there are plans to drop the Mercedes-Benz X-Class due to poor sales.

According to an article on Automotive News there’s reason to believe that Mercedes-Benz will drop the X-Class because of poor sales and a profit dip at the company. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class, as we all know, shares much of its underpinnings and indeed body work with the Nissan Navara but it seems poor sales have put the vehicle’s future in serious doubt.

The X-Class launched in 2017 but only managed to sell 16,700 units across Australia, Europe, and South Africa in 2018. According to the report, sales have been way too low, with sales in the US ruled out because larger pick-ups are preferred in that market, for the manufacturer to continue with production.

The poor old X-Class has struggled to find a foot hold locally partly because of the high entry price and because of the sales dominance of cheaper utes in this country. Indeed, while the focus may be on the pointy end of the range, in terms of vehicle reviews, videos and comparisons, the truth is it’s the middle of the road variants that make up the volume of sales. And the X-Class just can’t/couldn’t compete.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.