The market pickup truck model will be expanded with several new models. One of them is the pickup truck, which arrives from the Mercedes-Benz company. Although it was announced that this model appear on the market by the end of this decade, many are of the opinion that this will happen much sooner. Specifically, cooperation, Nissan-Renault alliance with Daimler AG, will accelerate the development of new Mercedes vehicle. 2017 Mercedes GLT pickup truck is expected by the end of 2016 or early 2017 at the latest.
The first Mercedes pickup is developing together with Renault pickup model. Both models will be based on the Nissan Navara pickup, known in the US market as the Nissan Frontier. Cooperation Nissan Renault Alliance and Daimler AG, the development of the Mercedes pickup was announced earlier. But then there were indications that the model of the German car manufacturer will be based on the Nissan Titan pickup truck. Now all doubts resolved, but there is also the fact that Mercedes-Benz pickup will be called GLT.
2017 Mercedes GLT pickup truck – Specs
We have already mentioned that the cooperation between the two companies significantly accelerates the development of new models. In addition, the cost of development and production, will also be reduced. New Mercedes pickups and Renault pickup, will be manufactured at the Renault plant in Cordoba Argentina in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain. Renault pickup will begin production in 2016 at Nissan’s plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Shortly after that it will be available on the market. The same is expected from 2017 Mercedes GLT.
Although based on the same basis of three different pickup models, each will feature a special design. Apart from the platform and some other elements, these three models will have nothing in common. Mercedes plans to offer vehicle in all markets, so, the range of engines will be adapted to specific markets. Although there were announcements that will be sold in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America, 2017 Mercedes GLT pickup truck will find its way to customers in the US market.
2017 Mercedes GLT pickup truck will be constructed in the Double Cab version. The company has announced that he is, in essence, will not be a commercial vehicle, rather than a luxury pickup truck. It is well known that the US market is the largest market, pickup truck models, which are basically work trucks. Nonetheless, the company believes it will be well sold on this market. He also mentions the fact that Mercedes predicts sales of 10,000 units per year, only the US market.
The biggest competitors, 2017 Mercedes GLT pickup truck, will be the VW Amarok, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger models. As a possible powertrains mentioned four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. There will equally be represented, and gasoline and diesel engines. Customers will be able to choose between versions with 4×2 and 4×4 drive system. Also, the standard will be applied, in the basic version, the six-speed manual transmission, and there will be a seven-speed AT.