The Germans aren’t shying away from any segment. First-ever Mercedes pick-up truck, expected to be badged the GLT, sees its secrets unfolded by AUTOCAR.
About a year ago we caught the first glimpse of a pick-up from Mercedes-Benz. Today we have the pictures to prove it. What we see here is not a heavily camouflaged NP300 Nissan pick-up, but none other than the upcoming Mercedes GLT. Appearances can be deceiving.
According to our colleagues from AUTOCAR, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck will borrow the technical basis of the Japanese model, but with wider-tracks compared to the Navara. The Mercedes GLT is also said to have a different interior to that of the Nissan, even if the heavy camouflage is hiding any possible design cues.
Daimler is already collaborating with Renault-Nissan globally, so the platform sharing between the all-new Navara and Mercedes’ own GLT is not a far fetched prospect. After all, Mercedes also has its own version of Nissan’s alliance compatriot Renault’s Kangoo, the Citan.
The Mercedes-Benz GLT will come in only one bodystyle, a four-door twin-cab. Independent rear suspension (the mixed torsion beam and five-link rear axle exotic combo which debuted on the Nissan Navara), 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. Autocar reveals prices are going to start around $30,000 in the cheapest markets.
As far as the manufacturing aspects are concerned, Daimler is also said to be interested in the brand new Nissan factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico. A logical move, given the biggest market for the first-ever Mercedes pick-up truck should be the U.S.
Previous reports implied that the GLT would only be available in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America, but it is highly unlikely Mercedes will miss the opportunity to offer the first premium pick-up truck built by an European brand on the biggest market for this segment.