Mercedes’ first-ever pick-up, expected to be badged GLT, sees its secrets unfolded by Volker Mornhinweg, chief of Daimler’s commercial vehicle division.
‘We are not going to develop a fat cowboy truck for North America. The customers out there are waiting for the Mercedes among the mid-size pick-ups. We shall give them exactly what they ask for: a smaller and lighter pick-up truck with impeccable fit and finish, top-notch safety and comfort, excellent vehicle dynamics and state-of-the-art connectivity. Yes, our vehicle looks plain and simple. But it is highly functional, it offers best-in-class passenger space in row two, the ergonomics leave nothing to be desired, and the materials used clearly exceed typical pick-up standards,’ Mornhinweg has revealed to famed British magazine CAR.
According to our colleagues, the Mercedes-Benz GLT will come in only one bodystyle, a four-door twin-cab. Independent rear suspension, 4Matic AWD and six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with a seven-speed automatic on the options list.
A wide choice of drivetrains will be available, with four- and six-cylinder engines expected to be offered alongside the GLT, in petrol and diesel flavours. CAR reveals prices are going to start around $30,000 (£21,000) in the cheapest markets.
As far as the technical and manufacturing aspects are concerned, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLT will be developed in close partnership with Nissan. Daimler is already collaborating with Renault-Nissan globally, this very alliance paving the way for platform sharing between the all-new Navara and Mercedes’ own GLT.
Daimler is also said to be interested in the factory in Aguascalientes which operates under the NAFTA umbrella.