Teaser sketch for potential Mercedes-Benz pickup truckEnlarge Photo
Mercedes-Benz is working on a mid-size pickup truck, though whether the vehicle will make it to the United States is still up in the air.
This teaser sketch was released at the original announcement of the truck in early 2015. According to Auto Express, a concept at the 2016 Paris Auto Show this October will provide a closer indication of what we can expect for the production model due out in late 2017 or early the following year.
The new truck, which we’ve heard might be called a GLT or even an X-Class, will be a serious workhorse with some luxury thrown in, as opposed to a proper luxury offering with a bed out back. That’s because the truck will be based on the rugged, body-on-frame platform found in the latest Nissan NP300 Navara. Nissan alliance partner Renault will get its own version, which the French automaker previewed last year with the Alaskan concept.
2015 Nissan NP300 NavaraEnlarge Photo
All three trucks will be built at Nissan’s plant located in Barcelona, Spain, as well as a Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina. Distinct styling and interiors will be used to differentiate them.
Mercedes will also go with its own powertrains, according to Auto Express. The likely units will be 4- and 6-cylinder engines, in both gasoline and diesel flavors. A hybrid option is also expected.
Prototypes for Mercedes’ truck should turn up later this year.