The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz pickup truck which according to reports will be called the Mercedes GLT, will mostly begin testing in Australia in 2016, reveals a fresh report from Motoring.com.au. The news comes from David McCarthy, Senior Corporate Communications Manager of the company. He said that the Australia/Pacific subsidiary will play a role in the pickup’s development of the model.
“It’s not like we’re starting from absolute scratch”, said McCarthy. “A lot of the work has already been done but we [Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific] will have input and we’ll do some testing that will feed back into the finished product”, he added.
The pickup truck will be based on the Nissan NP300 (Nissan NP300 Navara/NP300 Frontier) platform but almost everything else will be Mercedes-Benz-like. The suspension tuning, the four-wheel drive system, the engine and the interior will be purely Mercedes-Benz.
The company’s strategic alliance with Renault-Nissan will play a vital role both before and after the development of the pickup truck. A report released earlier this year said that the Group will also be responsible for manufacturing it. Production will be handled by Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at Renault’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina said another report from the same month.
Daimler announced that it will sell its first pickup truck by 2020 under the Mercedes-Benz Vans brand in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The 1-ton double cab pickup will be targeted both at personal-use and commercial customers.
There’s no official word about the market launch for U.S. and Canada right now. If and when these markets get it, they’ll likely have it imported from the Argentinian plant as the company has announced that the Barcelona plant won’t be used for it.
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