While the Concept X-Class vehicles were aggressive - muscular, tough-looking trucks that trended closer to the American idea of a pick-up than the traditional Australian ute - the finished product has been toned down a little.
The dual cab-only X-Class was the product of an international all-in, with hundreds of sketches submitted from Mercedes' international design teams, all of which made their way to Mercedes' German HQ, forming the blueprint for the now-finished product.
The final design blends old with new, fusing Mercedes' existing SUV design language with a new rugged toughness.
Most noticeable is the smooth, uninterrupted body panels devoid of creases or meaningful styling touches.
If you're looking at the X-Class front-on, draw a horizontal line exactly through the middle of the X-Class. The top half clearly plays to the Mercedes-Benz SUV family, with the same bonnet lines and too small headlights, complete with LED 'eyebrows', while the bottom half is all ute, complete with the prerequisite plastic cladding in the cheaper models, giving way to more metal and chrome in the more expensive models.
"It's all in the genes," Mercedes-Benz head of design, Kai Sieber, told CarsGuide. "If you look at the upper part, you recognise it is pure Mercedes-Benz SUV; the grille, the central star, the daytime running lights with the eyebrows.
"But what makes it a pick-up? The lower half is really more robust. It's protective, it's wide.
"We accelerated the proportions, so the short overhang front and the long overhang rear. If you look closely, you can see we really chopped the front-overhang off. And if you look at the rear, all of the other players in the segment try to shorten the optics of the rear overhang by having the taillights blend in the rear, But that doesn't happen here. It's a really premium look."
And, believe it or not, there's more than a little E-Class Coupe in there, too. Most noticeable is the smooth, uninterrupted body panels devoid of creases or meaningful styling touches. Or what Sieber calls "pure".
"We had a long discussion about how pure we could make the car. When we developed this car, we developed the new E-Class Coupe at the same time, for which we went for a very smooth body," Sieber says.
"And so (on the X-Class) we went for the most pure side that we have in our range. But this makes it classic. It's not covered in lines to try and make it fashionable, it looks more timeless and classic.
"What I love most is the purity and proportion of the exterior. If you look at the front-three-quarter, it gives the car this wide stance. I was fighting hard to give it this width, to give it its stance."
The range will arrive in three distinct flavours. The pared-back Pure will form the workhorse variant, complete with steel wheels and plastic cladding. The mid-spec Progressive model will then up the styling and technology, forming a middle rung for buyers, while the top-tier Power is pitched as a 'lifestyle' vehicle, scoring the pick of the design and technology offerings, and destined to appeal to those who will use it as an SUV replacement.
Plenty of attention was paid to injecting much Mercedes into the interior treatment. The interior design team wanted this cabin to feel instantly recognisable as a Benz, so you get the now-familiar circular air vents, the button-covered steering wheel from the C-Class, and a screen that sits above a dash that's wrapped in man-made leather in the top-spec variants, albeit with a hard plastic base.
The controls and materials are from the Mercedes family, and there is an instant family familiarity to the cabin, and there are parts that feel decidedly premium, like the concave element that runs the length of the dash, from the passenger door to the steering wheel, and can be lined with faux woodgrain or brushed aluminium, depending on your budget.
"If you think about the segment, what really sets this apart from a regular mid-size pick-up is the materials," Sieber says. "There is no other car in the segment with a stitched dash, or with the all the options of materials, so the user interface system is a benchmark for us.
"It's the little things, too. The metal-look surfaces aren't painted, they're actual metal, so they feel cold to the touch."
The thin, vertical taillights give the rear end a vaguely American pick-up-truck style.
Some elements from the concepts have survived to make their way into the production vehicles, the standouts of which are the thin, vertical taillights that give the rear end a vaguely American pick-up-truck style, but also make the tray look significantly longer than it actually is.
"The rear was the biggest challenge. It's a functional vehicle, with a load bed area, and we were first thinking of horizontal tail lamps, but then they would have had to have been a part of the tailgate, too. So we came to the conclusion that we should go for vertical, very slim taillights," says Bertrand Janssen, senior manager design.
"We wanted to accentuate the length of the bed, because we wanted to show we can load 1.1-tonnes of material there.
"Also, we opted for a very short front overhang. You can imagine if the nose is too long it looks funny. So we want to push the bumper and headlamp area as close to the front wheel arches as possible, because a short overhang shows power."