First Mercedes pick-up comes out for testing – new spy pics

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First-ever Mercedes pick-up truck, expected to be badged the GLT, continues its intense testing schedule in prototype form, ahead of its 2017 reveal. 

About a year ago we caught the first glimpse of a pick-up from Mercedes-Benz. Today, Carscoops is publishing a new set of spy pictures.

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.

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.

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.