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Mercedes talks about upcoming pickup truck

Snapshot: Mercedes has released some preliminary details about its first ever pickup truck.

Despite being a utilitarian vehicle, the mid-size pickup truck is being labeled as a “real Mercedes” by Daimler board member Thomas Weber who spoke to Australian publication Car Advice about the upcoming workhorse with the three-pointed star. We remind you the vehicle will actually be based on the Navara / NP300 and will be built by Nissan, but Mercedes will make the necessary changes to elaborate an upscale product true to the brand’s prestige.

The design will be overhauled to “meet Mercedes criteria” and they make other suitable changes for what is being described as the world’s first premium pickup truck. What this means is that we should expect a starting price that will easily surpass the Volkswagen Amarok and other posh pickups in the mid-size segment.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t specified exactly when the vehicle will come out but they did say it will be launched before the end of the decade. Chances are sales will begin sometime in 2018 once production will kick off at the Renault factory in Cordoba, Argentina and also at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain.

It’s too early to tell, but most likely Mercedes will decide to use its own engines rather than borrow the ones from the Navara. One potential candidate is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel which is available in several passenger cars already, including the GLE 350d 4MATIC where it churns 258 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. Needless to say, the engine lineup will likely include turbodiesels since these have more torque suitable for pickup trucks, but Mercedes could decide to offer a gasoline engine as well.

Interestingly, the Daimler-owned marque recently said they have decided to avoid the full-size segment since it would have been very hard to go up against General Motors and Ford which is why they decided it would be better to tackle the mid-size segment where they have a chance of grabbing some of the market.

Source: CarAdvice

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