And now you can buy it.
Mercedes-Benz's brief foray into the pickup truck segment won't go down as a successful project. The X-Class truck wasn't sold in the United States but was meant to create a new luxury pickup niche. Essentially a rebadged Nissan Navara, the X-Class simply didn't sell well. But if a Merc pickup is what you want, we've just stumbled upon a solution, albeit a rather strange one. Currently, a 2005 Mercedes-Benz G500 Grand Edition is listed for sale on Bring A Trailer. It started out its life as an SUV but was shipped to the Netherlands for some reconstructive surgery where it was converted to a pickup.
The Grand Edition version of the G500 had unique interior trim and, together with the G55 Grand Edition, only 500 or so examples were made. The one seen here was first sold in California before it was sent to the Netherlands for its conversion. It has a gray exterior and black leather upholstery and includes a lengthened frame and driveshaft, Bilstein shocks, and a sunroof. The side view is the most unusual, with the front and rear wheels seemingly miles away from each other, and the narrow doors look strange within the long body.
The blocky and rugged Mercedes-Benz G-Class lines are actually what one might expect from a pickup. In the pictures shared by the seller, the bed is big enough to accommodate four bicycles. Interestingly, the bed itself is said to have been sourced from a Gelandewagen that was produced for Scandinavian Airlines way back in the 1970s and 1980s.
This odd truck is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 292 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque. Don't be fooled by the G63 and AMG badges on the back, as those are just for show. The V8 is paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Three locking differentials and a two-speed transfer case are fitted. According to the ad, the V8 was last serviced in 2020.
Inside, there is black leather and burr walnut wood trim. The blocky dashboard looks as dated as expected, although modern features like a 360-degree rearview camera and Apple CarPlay have been included. On the center console, the original Grand Edition serialized plaque hasn't been removed. Bidding is at $58,000 currently and with just over 109,000 miles on the clock, this quirky G500 doesn't make much sense but we'd argue that it's far cooler than the X-Class.