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Mercedes' highly-anticipated pickup truck has been spied for the first time.

Set to adopt either the GLT or X-Class moniker, the truck is based on the Nissan Navara and appears to be in the early stages of development as the model has a number of design cues from the Japanese automaker.  Despite this, we can see the crew cab pickup has a wider rear track and extended rear fenders.

The interior is camouflaged which suggests designers are already hard at work creating an upscale cabin to help distance the model from its Nissan counterpart.  Nothing is official but the truck could be offered with two different interiors including one aimed at commercial users.  The other interior would be significantly more upscale and target drivers who are looking for a luxury and practical lifestyle vehicle.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but speculation suggests the truck will be offered with an assortment of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.  There have also been rumors about a hybrid variant but nothing is official as of yet.

Mercedes is expected to preview the model by showing a luxurious new concept at Paris Motor Show in October.  The production model will arrive approximately one year later with sales slated to begin in late 2017.

Gallery: Mercedes GLT spy photos

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