You’ve certainly heard the news Mercedes will build a pickup truck by the end of the decade. You’ve also surely seen our rendering of the pickup and seen the spy shots of a development mule running tests. Well now we’ve got an even better look at the upcoming truck thanks to a new batch of spy photos.

Mercedes-Benz is co-developing the pickup with Nissan in a move to cut development costs while maximizing engineering thoroughness. That’s why these test mule pickups look an awful lot like the Nissan Navara truck. However, there are several telltale signs this mule is no Nissan despite the heavy camouflage.

First off, the fenders are much wider than the Navara’s. This furthers suspicion the Mercedes pickup will have a wider track. There are also camo bulges on the hood and roof designed to hide details in bodywork – details that will be exclusive to the Mercedes. Secondly, this mule also has an interesting shape to the bed rails on the cargo bed. Unlike the Navara’s, this truck’s bed rails rise up to meet the rear windowsill. It could be part of the disguise, but it could also be a Mercedes-only design feature.

We still suspect Mercedes will call its pickup the GLT and give it styling cues from the GL-Class SUV. The GLT is also likely to borrow its powertrain options from the GL-Class, giving it access to several options that include four- and six-cylinder engines running gasoline and diesel. A six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic are the two expected transmission choices. Mercedes’ 4MATIC AWD will be optional, as well.

Though Mercedes has confirmed its pickup will be sold in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America, the truck’s arrival in the U.S. is still unknown. Also unknown is just how luxurious the pickup will be. Examples sold in Australia and South Africa will likely tailor towards the working class. Anything sold in the U.S. will certainly have a highbrow feel, coming with all the typical Mercedes amenities.

Expect Mercedes to officially debut its pickup sometime in 2017 with its arrival schedule for 2018 or 2019.

Update 10/20/2016: We’ve added a link to a live webcast of the Mercedes-Benz Pickup concept debut. It’s scheduled for October 25 at 4:30 GMT, 12:30 pm Easter Time and will take place in Sweden.

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  • Year:
    2020
  • Engine:
    inline-4(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    208 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    9.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
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Live Unveiling

Spy Shots

June 27, 2016 - Mercedes GLT Pickup caught testing again

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January 20, 2016 - First testing session

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Mercedes has previously confirmed its new pickup truck will share its platform with the next-generation Nissan NP300 Navara thanks to a partnership with Renault-Nissan. Both Mercedes and Nissan agreed to collaborate on the truck’s development, making it a truly joint venture.

Well, our spy photographer has snagged several photos of the Nissan-badged truck running around, but with odd fender extension at each corner to cover a widened track. This suggests Mercedes is truly working on a separate version of the truck with a widen track and a Mercedes-Benz styling. The German automaker has already said its truck will be specifically designed for customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America. To our knowledge, Mercedes is still conduction research on the U.S. market before it announces whether the truck would be sold here.

There’s no hard evidence or conformation on which automaker – if either at all – will develop the powertrain for the truck. Each version could carry brand-specific engines and transmissions. In that case, expect the truck to offer Mercedes-developed four- and six-cylinder engines in both gas and turbodiesel variants. A V-8 version wouldn’t be unlikely as a range-topping engine should Mercedes bring the truck stateside. Expect a seven-speed automatic transmission with the optional 4MATIC AWD system. Additionally, we’ve heard rumors Mercedes will name the truck the GLT.

Again, there is no conformation, but we expect Mercedes to debut the GLT sometime in late 2017 as a 2018 model.

Exterior

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Well here it its – the Mercedes pickup, or at least our vision of what it could be. We started with a modified front clip of the GLE Coupe. It’s broad shoulders, high hood, and large grille makes for good truck proportions. The coupe proportions were dropped in favor of an SUV-like passenger compartment with its tall greenhouse and large doors.

Mercedes will likely incorporate its design detailing into the bed, keeping the bed from looking like an afterthought. The rendering shows the swooping accent lines flowing onto the bed, tying the whole thing together. Conversely, the lines still make sense when imagining the cargo box replaced with a flat bed or utility box.

And since the truck is utilitarian, the usual 21-inch wheels and low profile tires are ditched in favor of wheels measuring a more conservative size wrapped in tires with visible sidewalls. Even still, the wheels look great. Lastly, a pair of side steps helps ease entry into the high-riding truck while adding a touch of chrome.

Mercedes will surely offer both single cab and crew cab configurations, allowing customers to choose what works best for their application.

Interior

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Here’s where the fight is raging. What will the Mercedes truck feature within is cabin? Will it be a luxo-truck or a workhorse? Well, I submit to you the 2016 Mercedes Metris van with its interior pictured above. This is Merc’s latest entry into the midsize van class, competing in both cargo and passenger segments. Granted, this won’t be the same design as the upcoming pickup’s interior, but we can begin to understand the level of utility verses luxury here.

Take a look at that dashboard. It’s plastic. So is the radio interface as well as the center console. A simple, two-gauge cluster with a TFT display shows vehicle information. An optional leather-wrapped steering wheel with chrome accents and redundant controls is the only reminder of the vehicle’s heritage.

The Metris’ interior is on par with the Amarok and new Ranger, though it is missing the larger infotainment system of both trucks and the swanky TFT screen-filled gauge cluster of the Ranger.

In short, this is what we can expect from the Mercedes midsize pickup.

Drivetrain

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Mercedes is likely to offer several engine choices ranging from a cost-saving, four-cylinder gasoline engine to a powerful turbodiesel. At this point, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the automaker will slide under the hood as the truck is still five years out. Still, that doesn’t stop us from speculating.

Like its interior detailing, the Metris’ gasoline powerplant would be a good fit for the upcoming pickup. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder is turbocharged and makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. As in most Mercedes, a seven-speed automatic transmission does the shifting.

Those output numbers are far more impressive than the upcoming Ranger’s gasoline engine’s output and are competitive with its four- and five-cylinder diesel engines’ ratings. The VW Amarok is underpowered in comparison with its 177-horsepower 2.0-liter gas engine.

Besides its engine, the pickup will be offered in both 2WD and 4WD. A solid axle out back with leaf springs will do the heavy lifting while an independent suspension system up front will provide more comfort. Mercedes says its future truck will be able to handle a payload of “about one metric ton” in its bed, or 2,205 pounds. That’s far and above the U.S.-spec Chevrolet Colorado’s max payload capacity of 1,590 pounds. It even surpasses the Silverado 1500’s max payload of 2,060 pounds.

There’s no doubt Mercedes plans on its truck doing some work.

Pricing

Again, it’s hard to predict everything about the truck, but expect Mercedes to stick around its competition in terms of pricing. The 2015 VW Amarok, for example, starts at $27,000 and top out at $50,000 is U.S. dollars.

Competition

2015 Ford Ranger

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Ford’s recently released and heavily updated Ranger certainly looks the part of a global midsize pickup truck. It has a purposeful design with plenty of character inside and out and enough amenities to keep the average truck buyer happy. Those who drive such trucks for a living will find their office is well laid out and organized.

The Ranger offers four engine options – three of them diesel and the fourth gas. Both 2WD and 4WD are offered as well as both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission.
Read our full review here

2015 Volkswagen Amarok

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The Amarok is quite a looker in the midsize truck category. It shares many of the handsome features found throughout the VW lineup, including the two-bar grille, lower fog lights, and plenty of tidy chrome accents. Unlike the Ford, the Amarok comes with one engine – a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. However, the mill cranks out different power levels depending upon trim level and options chosen. A six-speed manual and eight-speed auto are the two transmission choices.
Read our full review here

Conclusion

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Mercedes is certainly on the cusp of something big. The expanding midsize pickup truck market is hard to miss these days as automakers are expanding their reach into nearly every global market. Even the U.S. is back into the game. This move makes perfect sense for Mercedes as it both nabs more sales and expands its well-rounded van lineup.

Though Mercedes has not confirmed whether it will bring its pickup to the U.S., its availability here could go either way. In other words, if Mercedes decides to make the truck a workhorse, bringing it Stateside would be a mistake. Americans see the Mercedes-Benz brand as a status symbol rather than the average taxi running around Europe with a fare in the back seat. Introducing a “sub-Mercedes” truck to the States wouldn’t likely go over too well and would only dilute the brand. A higher-end luxury truck, on the other hand, would likely sell well in the U.S. as wealthier families look at the growing mid-size truck category as see nothing that appeals to them. Well, perhaps the GMC Canyon Denali…

We’re keeping a close eye on Mercedes’ pickup in hopes that it will be a truly global seller and offer something to the truck market that doesn’t already exist. Stay tuned!

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    • Not confirmed for U.S. sale... yet
    • Still five years away
    • Very few official details

Update History

Update 06/27/2016: New spy shots show a heavily camouflaged test mule, adding fuel to the fires of suspicions and rumors.

Update 01/20/2016: Spy shots of a Nissan-branded Navara pickup shows the truck riding on a widened platform, perhaps being readied for the upscale Mercedes version supposedly called the GLT. Keep reading for more.

Updated 09/17/2015: During Daimler’s annual media at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the company offered a series of new details on its future pickup truck. It will be developed on Nissan NP300’s architecture and will be built by by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina. Production is set to begin by the end of the decade.

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Development of a 1-ton pickup truck for Mercedes-Benz: Earlier this year, Daimler and Nissan announced development of the first Mercedes-Benz entry into the pickup segment. The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The vehicle will have all of Mercedes Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features. The truck will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and a Renault 1-ton truck, for Latin America. The three trucks will also be built at the Nissan Barcelona plant in Spain. Production of the Mercedes-Benz truck at both plants will start before the end of the decade.

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