Mercedes’ first ever pickup truck has opened a completely new chapter of German car industry without any doubt. The all-new X-Class is not the first of the kind from the country because there is Volkswagen’s Amarok. Still, the difference is so big, as the workhorse from Mercedes provides far more luxury from the aforementioned truck. Though, as we’ve heard, VW Group prepares a right answer, which will carry a four-ring star. Yes, the Audi Pickup Truck Concept is almost ready, so it’s just a matter of moment when it’s going to hit the production facilities.
Audi Pickup Truck Concept: Design and Technologies
There is nothing official regarding the rumored vehicle so far, yet the latest speculations suggest something really interesting. According to them, the Audi Pickup Truck Concept will be heavily influenced by the all-new Q7 SUV. If this turns out to be true, we can expect one really luxurious truck capable to compete with the awesome Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Styling-wise, well aside from the bed, the Audi Pickup Truck Concept should look exactly like the SUV sibling. The carmaker will probably keep the front end unchanged, or perhaps grille and bumper could sit just a bit upward to open up off-road possibilities. Speaking of which, the truck will likely host the identical approaching angle as VW’s Amarok truck. Volkswagen cheaper brother may also borrow the tailgate and rear bumper, while squared-off wheel arches come from the Q7 for sure. Both headlights and taillights will definitely feature LED technology.
The Audi Pickup Truck concept will likely show an awesome cabin with some specialties, but it doesn’t mean that the production model could host everything. As for the production model, it will definitely get a leather treatment and MMI infotainment system, including the Virtual Cockpit.
Engine and Off-Road Kit
The carmaker will have to make a vise powertrain choice here. Amarok’s all-new 3.0-liter TDI V-6 is really good, but it’s out of the question thanks to Volkswagen’s “oil-chugging” scandal. That’s why we believe that the Audi Pickup Truck needs to feature the same options as the Q7. Meaning, it’s going to be motivated by a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline V-6. The unit is producing 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and will be mated to Quattro all-wheel drive via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Aside it’s going to feature a mighty drivetrain the workhorse will also add off-road mode, downhill descent control, and a locking rear differential.
Price and Arrival
Like we said earlier, Audi’s pickup truck will hit the mid-size luxury segment, so the price needs to be, well, luxurious. More precisely, the starting option will probably cost around $50,000. The vehicle is rumored to arrive before the end of 2019.