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Old 07-19-2017, 03:33 AM
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it's clearly much more of a work truck than a GLS with the back converted. No different than Mercedes offering commercial vans in the lineup. In that sense, I think it gets the job done. And makes sense to not bring to the US.
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it's clearly much more of a work truck than a GLS with the back converted. No different than Mercedes offering commercial vans in the lineup. In that sense, I think it gets the job done. And makes sense to not bring to the US.
Had that been the case, this would be 100% forgivable. But that's not the case.

They are promoting it heavily as a lifestyle vehicle, not a work vehicle. It has been given a letter "class" designation, unlike their commercial vehicles. It has multiple style-centric trims (even eucalyptus wood), and it's on their passenger car website, not their commercial lineup. The pomp-and -circumstance surrounding the car made it pretty clear that they phoned-in what they hoped would be easy money from the non work-class demographics. Who would be hauling stuff in a Benz?

As a bougie metrosexual that is admittedly drawn to label status, I was really hoping I would like this. Then i was let down, so I'm actually glad it's not coming to the U.S.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:30 AM
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Like the Mercedes CItan, this is a slightly reworked workhorse from Renault/Nissan, with a different but probably even worse interior (because the "Mercedes traits" look laughable with the cheap plastic around) and a new grille. As said, if this was cheap, or at least sold around the prices the Nissan and Renault version will sell, it would be okay,because that happens a lot with commercial vehicles in Europe. But selling this as a premium lifestyle vehicle is laughable.


I agree with haji, the base trim on steelies looks best, because that's closest to being honest.
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I think we were hoping for a miniature Mercedes Unimog
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Had that been the case, this would be 100% forgivable. But that's not the case.

They are promoting it heavily as a lifestyle vehicle, not a work vehicle. It has been given a letter "class" designation, unlike their commercial vehicles. It has multiple style-centric trims (even eucalyptus wood), and it's on their passenger car website, not their commercial lineup. The pomp-and -circumstance surrounding the car made it pretty clear that they phoned-in what they hoped would be easy money from the non work-class demographics. Who would be hauling stuff in a Benz?
Mercedes would be well aware of the Nissan's limitations when hauling heavy loads. Don't be at all surprised if the X-Class has the same problems:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/534526/2...al-cab-review/
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Mercedes would have been better off to have borrowed the Chevy Colorado or possibly the Ford Ranger. The latter I'll have to reserve judgment until one is available in the USA. The Colorado is a rather credible design.

BMW could slap their propeller on a Tacoma and obliterate the X Class.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:42 PM
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Mercedes would have been better off to have borrowed the Chevy Colorado or possibly the Ford Ranger. The latter I'll have to reserve judgment until one is available in the USA. The Colorado is a rather credible design.

BMW could slap their propeller on a Tacoma and obliterate the X Class.
I would argue that the Ridgeline suits both companies better.
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I would argue that the Ridgeline suits both companies better.
If it's a lifestyle vehicle, yes. If it's going to do towing, no.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:57 PM
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I think we were hoping for a miniature Mercedes Unimog
Now THAT would've been totally dick-slappable. And an AMG version would've printed $ for them.
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:04 AM
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I would grab that pussy for sure (with consent, of course).

Mercedes is all about "lifestyle" , what about the off road lifestyle? A Mercedes competitor to the wrangler would be a killer unique product and very cleverly shed some of that snob appeal.

And all they had to do was start with the G500 chassis.
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