125 new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup trucks were destroyed last year, but the cause of this incident has only been revealed.
Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will “end” the X-Class luxury pickup line early last year. However, in October 2020, 125 luxury pickup Mercedes-Benz X-Class “box-beating” was suddenly destroyed. It was not until recently that the reason for the destruction of 125 new, hard, and ever-used Mercedes-Benz X-Classes was revealed.
These luxury pickup trucks are originally assembled at the Zona Franca factory in Barcelona, Spain. This is the assembly plant for both the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class because the two pickup models share the same platform.
Initially, the Daimler parent group of the luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz signed an agreement to manufacture the X-Class at this plant until 2026. However, due to the new WLTP standard in terms of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of commercial vehicles applied in Europe from September 1, 2020, so Mercedes-Benz must announce the “death” of the X-Class in January early last year. At that time, Mercedes-Benz announced that the X-Class will be discontinued from May 2020.
However, due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, Mercedes-Benz had to accelerate the plan to kill the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. As a result, the assembly line for the X-Class has been discontinued since March of last year. A month later, Mercedes-Benz announced to dealers and customers that the X-Class that had been deposited would not be produced. The contract to produce the Mercedes-Benz X-Class at the Zona Franca plant has also been canceled.
After the deal was canceled, 125 Mercedes-Benz X-Class were crushed by Nissan Barcelona. Although these pickup trucks are owned by the Daimler group, they are always destroyed in Barcelona, not transferred to Mercedes-Benz.
Of the 125 “brand-new” Mercedes-Benz X-Class destroyed, 90 were in the X 220 d and X 250 d versions using Renault-made engines. This is a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum capacity of 163 hp on the Mercedes-Benz X 220 d and 190 hp on the X 250 d. In addition, this engine is also used for the Nissan Navara.
These 90 Mercedes-Benz X-Classes should have been able to meet the new WLTP standard, but Mercedes-Benz ultimately decided not to sell them to the market in order to avoid having to supply spare parts for the next 10 years according to regulations. concentration. The cost of manufacturing these spare parts is too high for a market that consumes pickup trucks such as Spain.
In addition to the 90 units mentioned above, there are 35 X-Classes that do not meet the new WLTP standards because they are equipped with V6 engines from Mercedes-Benz. These 35 cars are part of the Mercedes-Benz X 350 d, expected to be sold in Europe before September 2020. However, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the workers’ protests following the announcement of the shutdown of the Nissan Barcelona factory, these Mercedes-Benz X 350 d were shipped later than expected. Because they could not sell all of them before September 2020 and did not meet the new WLTP standards, these 35 pickup trucks were also destroyed.
It is known that after the Mercedes-Benz X-Class was discontinued, the remaining cars still in stock continued to be sold in the Spanish market. As of November 30, 2020, a total of 156 new Mercedes-Benz X-Classes have been registered in this market.
In addition to the Nissan Navara, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class also shares the base base with the Renault Alaskan pickup. Compared to the two brothers in this affordable segment, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has a significantly higher price. Accordingly, in the German market, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has a starting price of 48,790 Euro, nearly 16,000 Euros higher than the Nissan Navara and 4,000 Euro compared to the Renault Alaskan.
With such a price, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class of course can not bring in high sales. In 2018, Mercedes-Benz sold only 16,700 X-Class units to global customers. That number even dropped to 15,300 in 2019.