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Confirmed: Mercedes pickup won't be a 'fat cowboy truck'
LUXURY TRUCK WILL SHARE PLATFORM WITH NISSAN NAVARA; CONFIRMED SO FAR FOR EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA
The Mercedes-Benz pickup truck that isn't a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup, Automotive News Europe reports.
The latest Nissan Navara NP300 one-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show this week, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup that will be sold in a number of markets under the Mercedes-Benz badge. Renault also previewed a version in the form of the Renault Alaskan concept.
The Mercedes-Benz pickup will be a product of Daimler's technology-sharing alliance with Renault Nissan, with the latter offering the Navara in a number of markets. North America received a version of the Navara as the Nissan Frontier in 1997, though it's prudent to point out that it differed from other versions of the Navara, each of which was tweaked and renamed for just about every market.
"The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets," Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche said earlier in the year. "We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value."
Mercedes-Benz truck sketch
Mercedes-Benz shared a sketch of a truck concept earlier in 2015.
PHOTO BY MERCEDES-BENZ
Mercedes-Benz, for its part, has been dropping hints about the upcoming pickup, with MB vans head Volker Mornhinweg at one point stating that it wouldn't be a "fat cowboy truck for North America."
Still, Stuttgart is promising an upscale, luxury interior, so we can expect it to be priced north of the Nissan and Renault versions. As for powerplants, they are expected to differ by market, though the Mercedes-Benz version is expected to use its own engines, including diesels. There are certainly more than enough to choose from in the automaker's global parts bin.