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Frankfurt motor show: X-Class bakkie, GLC F-Cell and more from Mercedes-Benz

2017-08-23 10:56

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new X-Class bakkie at a global two-day debut in Cape Town. Image: Wheels24 / Sean Parker

Stuttgart/Frankfurt - Mercedes-Benz says it will reinforce its plans to "shape the mobility of tomorrow" with the debut of several models at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from September 14 to 24, 2017.

Project One, X-Class bakkie

With the reveal of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the performance arm of the German automaker celebrates its 50th anniversary. This hypercar, with Formula 1 hybrid drive technology, points the way to AMG's "Future of Driving Performance".

The automaker will also further its plans for full electrification of its range with concept car in the compact car segment and the GLC F-Cell EQ Power, a pre-series model with fuel-cell hybrid drive.

Also celebrating their world première at the show are the comprehensively updated S-Class Coupé and S-Class Cabriolet in both the standard and AMG guise.

Frankfurt will also see the show premiere of the new X-Class bakkie. 

Mercedes-Benz Cars is set to exhibit about 100 vehicles in Frankfurt, among them several world premieres of  concept cars.

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is a near-series study of a hypercar. The hypercar's series version will be the first ever automobile to feature genuine F1 hybrid technology. With the new, electrically powered smart showcar, the brand is exhibiting a study by the recently founded product and technology brand EQ as a world première.

This fully autonomously driving study is the first model to comprehensively embody all four pillars of the corporate strategy CASE: "Connected", "Autonomous", "Shared" and "Electric". 

A further Mercedes-Benz world première will be the first, fully electric EQ concept vehicle within the compact car segment. With its "EQ" brand Mercedes-Benz will in future also offer compact vehicles with electrically driven power units to consequently make electromobility available for an important target group. Afuel cell plug-in hybrid vehicle will also make its first ever appearance at the event.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell EQ Power combines practical advantages such as a long range (500km in the standard cycle) and short hydrogen fuelling times with locally emission-free driving.

Also having their debut in Frankfurt are the comprehensively updated S-Class Coupé and S-Class Cabriolet in the standard and AMG versions.


The Mercedes among pick-ups is celebrating its public première at the IAA show. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class combines the typical attributes of a pick-up – robust, functional, durable, and suitable for off-road driving – with the classic strengths of a genuine Mercedes – design, comfort, driving dynamics, and safety. With its SUV design as a hallmark feature of the brand, the X-Class fits smoothly into the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.

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