Mercedes will partner with Nissan and Renault on the project.
Mercedes-Benz will finally reveal a concept version of the brand’s much-anticipated pickup on October 25. The truck will be a groundbreaking vehicle for the company because it will move Mercedes into a whole new segment.
Mercedes’ teaser image doesn’t give much a way. The truck has a slightly rounded front end and a sharp edge where the side of the bed meets the tailgate. Other than those elements, there’s not much to differentiate this outline from any other pickup.
Recent spy photos give us a much better look at the truck, though. The photos suggest the pickup has a wide grille and swept back headlights. Muscular fenders make the vehicle look ready to work. The general styling stays quite close to the company’s original design rendering. So far, images and renderings only show it with a crew cab body, and we don’t yet know whether other configurations might be available.
Nissan will build Mercedes’ truck at its plants in Argentina and Spain. It will also share the same platform as the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. The powertrain range will likely carry over, including a 2.3-liter diesel, 2.5-liter gasoline-fueled powerplant, and 3.0-liter diesel V6.
The Mercedes truck will differentiate itself by offering better materials and more options. The company will offer it in three equipment levels, including ones specifically for work and a more family-oriented version. Mercedes-Benz Vans division boss Volker Mornhinweg previously promised the truck wouldn’t be a "fat cowboy truck for North America."
As Mornhinweg statement hints, Mercedes doesn’t plan to sell the truck in the United States. Instead, the brand wants to focus on selling the pickup in Latin America, South Africa, and Australia.
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