Mercedes-Benz pick-up to be manufactured by Nissan - Report

01/04/2015 - 08:58 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Could be based on the Nissan Navara pick-up's platform.

Mercedes-Benz are looking to add a "pick-up truck" to its model lineup by 2020. According to Wall Street Journal, Mercedes will outsource the manufacturing to Nissan, sparking rumors that it could be based on the Nissan Navara.

Mercedes-Benz utility truck teaser sketch front three quarter
Certain reports state that the pick-up could arrive by 2018.

The Mercedes-Benz Vans division will be responsible for the development of the pick-up truck, suggesting that it will be employed for commercial purposes, much like the Sprinter. It's unknown if they will also sell it as a premium offering to take on established American pick-up trucks in few markets across the globe.

Power will be sourced from four- and six-cylinder engines, and could be offered in both 2WD and AWD (4MATIC system) flavors.

2014 Mercedes-Benz sprinter load carrier
The Mercedes-Benz Vans division (responsible for the Sprinter) will be behind the development of the pick-up truck.

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According to the report, talks between the two companies have reached an advanced stage, although some minor details of the proposed plan are “still being worked out”. Mercedes-Benz is targeting European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets, where the pick-up truck segment is popular.

[Source: WSJ]

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