Mercedes-Benz X-Class EXY EXTREME. Limited edition EXY Extreme, designed and produced by Carlex Design. Along with the car, the customer receives a Certificate of Authenticity, which serves as an official document confirming the execution of modifications in our factories. Price: 79 335,00 € (includes VAT)
At one point last decade, Mercedes thought launching a pickup would be a good idea. However, instead of building it from scratch or using one of their existing models as a starting point, they teamed up with Nissan, which gave them access to the Navara. Thus, the X-Class was born as a re-bodied version of the Japanese company’s workhorse with a premium twist.
But the X-Class was not a success story. After failing to sell as many as they intended and with the vehicle being struck by all sorts of reliability issues, Mercedes pulled the plug on it in 2020, almost three years after production started at the Barcelona factory in Spain.
And with that short history lesson behind us, it is time to move on to the pictured Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which came from Carlex Design. The pickup sports many aftermarket upgrades inside and out, and it looks like a real overlander. So, if that rugged design has caught your attention, you should know you can buy it.
More on that in a few moments, as first we have to tell you what’s new. It has fender attachments with a bolt-on design, inserts in the front bumper, hood protection and a dome behind it, a tweaked grille, new side steps, a roof-mounted piece, and a different rear bumper. The roll bar in the open bed is also new, and it rides on five-spoke wheels that were wrapped in fat all-terrain tires. Also, the jacked-up styling tells us Carlex has had its way with the suspension. Rounding off the exterior makeover are the smoked front and rear lighting units and the white finish with all sorts of decals.
But don’t go anywhere because this Mercedes X-Class also sports a custom interior. Here, Carlex Design gave it a mix of suede and leather upholstery with a black look and contrast stitching. The tuner’s name can be seen on the seatbacks and other parts, and between us, we think this pickup looks better than the stock one, especially with those bucket seats up front that will keep the driver and passenger secured during a quick thrashing off the beaten path. And it should do that with pride, assuming it won’t break down all of a sudden, leaving its occupants having to rely on their cellphones to get back to civilization.
We promised we’d tell you how much this tuned X-Class costs, and the answer lies in the social media post embedded below. Carlex Design is willing to let it go in exchange for €79,335 ($86,745). This doesn’t make it the bargain some of you were hoping for, but given the extensive amount of work that went into it, it’s not overpriced either. Care to make it yours?