Mercedes-Benz van division will be responsible for the new project of the utility pick up truck aimed at the European, Australian, South Africa and south American markets.
With the Nissan Navarra being used as the platform, Mercedes will be responsible for everything the consumer comes into contact with apparently.
Engines are going to be four and six cylinder, trim variants from full leather luxury fit out to a washable fabric entry level model for the real work horse.
No further details have yet been announced in relation to pricing and production plans, but chief of the van division Volker Mornhinweg commented;
As part of our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy, the pickup is the ideal vehicle for the international expansion of our product range with a newly developed model.
We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car. We will design our brand’s first pickup according to this recipe for success.
With promises of luxury, safety strong powertrains and value for money, Mercedes will have to produce something special to compete in this segment of the market that already has icons like the Hilux and luxury trucks such as the new Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200 variants.
Although many will not remember, Mercedes have produced saloon derived pick-ups in the past with the 220D, but in these modern times they are the newbies to this competitive field compared to the likes of Ford, Toyota, Nissan and more recently VW.
We recently reported on talks from the Jeep camp that are also considering a utility truck by the end of the decade.
So it seems these are exciting times for all utility truck lovers … roll-on 2020