Mercedes May Equip the X-Class Pickup with a V8 Engine

Giancarlo Perlas June 29, 2018

Mercedes-Benz revealed that the X-Class pickup may be offered with a V8 engine. However, it only comes under a certain condition.

For now, the most potent trim of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup is the X350d 4MATIC. The model comes with 255 hp and 550 Nm of torque. That could change though if the German automaker will equip the vehicle with a V8 engine.

Frank Schumacher, the person in charge of the Mercedes X-Class development, recently sat down for an interview with Australia’s Drive to discuss the subject. According to the Mercedes exec, they will only offer a V8 version of the X-Class if there is enough demand from customers for the model.

On the other hand, Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van’s global boss, shares a different view than Schumacher. In his statement to the press during the launch of the X-Class in South Africa last year, he said that the product is not right for a V8 power unit. So it seems that Mercedes had a change of heart in the issue lately.

Will There Be a Mercedes-AMG X-Class?

Should there be an X-Class pickup carrying a V8 engine, it is possible that it might arrive with a 4.0-liter biturbo configuration. Despite the huge power bump that the V8 X-Class will offer compared to its current V6 model, it will unlikely join the AMG models of Mercedes. Expect the auto to get a detuned version of the V8 unit similar to the treatment of its maker to the Mercedes-Benz S560. However, look forward to nearly 200 hp increase in the V8 X-Class’ output in comparison to the X350d.

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Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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