Mercedes could launch its pickup as soon as 2017.
Mercedes-Benz reportedly plans to unveil a concept for its forthcoming pickup at the Paris Motor Show in early October, and these fresh photos show that the company is still hard at work at developing the production version of the truck. Given this driver's rude hand gesture we don't think he appreciates our spies catching him, though.
This early example still wears the headlights and grille from the Nissan NP300 Navara, with which the Mercedes shares a platform, but a few of the unique components are visible, too. For example, Mercedes' pickup has a wider track to differentiate it from the Nissan. You can get an inkling of this change from this test mule because the fenders are slightly wider than on the Navara.
Reportedly called either the GLT or the X-Class, Mercedes plans to market the pickup in Europe, Australia, Latin America, and South Africa. The company would offer it with four- and six-cylinder engines, including diesel options, and give customers a choice between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. The automaker intends to offer multiple trims, including one aimed at workers, a higher-end version, and a truck with an AMG styling pack. Sales could begin in Europe by the end of 2017.
There’s a scant possibility that the GLT might come to North America, too, where it would compete against midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado. However, Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes' American operations, says there is no timetable for an announcement. Dealers in the U.S. are reportedly against the idea of offering the truck because of the steep competition from the Big Three’s popular offerings.