As previously reported, the first pickup truck by Mercedes-Benz will be based on the Nissan Navara (Frontier/NP300) and will be built by Nissan. Now, new details have emerged on the Daimler’s partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance for this project.
A fresh report from Autocar claims that the pickup truck will be built at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at Renault’s plant in Argentina.
Renault is also readying a new midsize pickup truck which will also share its architecture with the Nissan Navara (Frontier/NP300), and go into production in 2016, according to the report. Both Mercedes-Benz and Renault pickups will be engineered and designed separately though, says the report. A total of around 120,000 units of the three pickups will be produced at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, while 70,000 units will be built at Renault’s Cordoba plant in Argentina.
The German automaker will most likely introduce a double-cab model targeted at lifestyle pickup buyers, as it wouldn’t want to risk entering the segment with a basic two-seater, single cab variant. Daimler will sell the pickup truck under the Mercedes-Benz Vans brand in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. U.S. and Canada are not likely to get the new pickup truck, at least not in the initial stage of global market launch.