Mercedes-Benz reveals camper versions of its X-Class pick-up truck

Mercedes-Benz reveals camper versions of its X-Class pick-up truck

Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed special camper van concepts for its new Nissan Navara-based X-Class ute, demonstrating the potential camp-ability of the new model.

Mercedes says camper van owners tend to use their vehicles to venture into remote regions that aren't on sealed roads, such as in the Scottish Highlands and in remote passes in Romania's Carpathian Mountains.

Though both units are heavy, neither should compromise the X-Class' off-road credentials - which include four-wheel drive, low-range gearing and an optional differential lock.

"We are also continuing to develop our own travel vans and recreational vehicles - with positive customer feedback". Once in place, the unit - built by specialist Tischer - offers almost two metres of headroom, room for three to dine, a three-burner gas hob and even a full shower and toilet. The latter can be converted into a second bed.

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Despite its small size, the X-Class's camper conversion also has an integrated bathroom, with a foldaway wash basin, swivelling toilet and space for a shower. The pull-out module features complete cooking and washing up facilities, including a sink, coolbox, drawers for cutlery and crockery, as well as an all-important burner.

The two concepts on display are a slide-on camper from Tischer and a slide-on with integrated kitchen system by VanEssa mobilcamping. The second gives extra storage, and the whole assembly is covered with yacht-deck teak for a sleek and classy appearance.

With assistance from caravan specialists Tischer, The X-Class can now sport a detachable cabin, mounted in the loading bay and extending over the roof of the truck. There are pneumatic struts that allow the cover to be propped up at a 45-degree angle for ease of use.

It's unlikely these campers will be available in Australia, but it's likely local makers will or already have slide-ons that'll fit onto the back of an X-Class.

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