As reported earlier, Mercedes is planning to enter into a new segment with its pickup truck expected to be called the GLT. The GLT will share its underpinnings with the Nissan Navara, while the engines, exterior and interior will be brand specific.
Mercedes insists that the design and the mechanicals will be “real Mercedes”. Talking to CarAdvice Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG: Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development stated that the pickup will get a significant differentiation from the Nissan Navara it is to be based on. “Yes, to come to an attractive price we are using a common platform” Weber reiterated.
Mercedes is looking to position the GLT as a pickup from a premium manufacturer and as an effect, it would be priced above the Ford Ranger Wildtrack, VW Amarok Ultimate and the Nissan Navara ST-X, with an AUSD 80,000/USD 58,373 price tag (in Australia).
Features like an electric rear window, instrument panels similar to the GLC and GLE, sunroof and wide dual cab with a tail gate that can be locked 90 degrees and 180 degrees will be offered. The GLC may get three variants called the Workhorse, Dual Use, and Leisure and Family, with varying interiors and equipment levels.
Latin America, South Africa, Europe with Australia and New Zealand are considered by the company as the key markets for the pickup. It will be manufactured by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan Navara for Latin America. Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain will build it for other markets excluding North America. The Barcelona plant is set to produce about 120,000 vehicles annually, while the Cordoba plant will produce nearly 70,000 vehicles a year.
[Source – CarAdvice]