Just three days back the automotive industry saw a big surprise when Daimler AG announced that it has approved a Mercedes-Benz-branded midsize pickup truck by the end of this decade. Now a report from CarAdvice claims that the product could make it into the Australian dealerships from around early 2018, which means European dealerships can expect it just before or at the same time.
The report indicates that single-, king- and dual-cab variants could be offered. The company’s subsidiary in Australia and New Zealand have played a hand in the vehicle’s development, and will commence local product testing soon, suggests the report.
Mercedes-Benz said that the pickup truck will be targeted at European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. Citing a Daimler spokeswoman, the decision of launching this vehicle in the U.S. market is still pending.
The pickup will have a 1 metric ton payload capacity and will be sold by under the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, which will also develop the vehicle.
An important aspect worth considering is whether the range would include a performance version from in-house tuning division AMG. Mercedes-Benz Vans doesn’t do AMG versions, but could it be a good place to start?
[Source – CarAdvice.com.au]