It’s Official: A Mercedes-Nissan Pickup Truck Is in the Works

It wasn’t long ago that Mercedes-Benz wowed the automotive market with the news of a possible pickup truck. The rumor mill was quick to get in on the action, but until now, there hasn’t been any clear details. Now, in a recent news release, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed that the automaker will expand its relationship with Mercedes-Benz, providing the underpinnings for a Mercedes-Benz pickup.

The Mercedes-Nissan pickup truck will share some of its structure with the Nissan NP300 Navara, though most of the design elements and the powertrain will be designed my Mercedes-Benz. A recently-released teaser image suggests that Mercedes will opt for a double-cab body, and a sleek, refined design. The primary markets for the truck currently include Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America, though there is a chance the U.S. could be added to that list by the end of the year.

Nissan’s extensive knowledge in the pickup segment will allow Mercedes to significantly cut time to production on its upcoming truck. “Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment,” noted Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

According to the news release, Nissan is the world’s second-biggest producer of 1-ton pickup trucks, making this a smart strategic move for Mercedes-Benz.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to know: would you consider purchasing a luxury pickup truck like this one? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

Nissan Concept 2020 Finally Unveiled

Nissan Concept 2020 Revealed for Gran Turismo 6

Image courtesy of the Nissan Newsroom YouTube Channel.

The world of virtual racing just got a lot more exciting. We finally get to see the Nissan Concept 2020 that our favorite carmaker has been teasing for the past couple of weeks. The concept, while currently reserved for the virtual tracks of Gran Turismo 6, hints at the aesthetics of a future Nissan supercar. Below is one of the teasers that Nissan released on Twitter leading up to the big reveal!

This amazing design is part of Gran Turismo’s Vision Concept program, which encourages automakers to design new concept cars specifically for the game. The Nissan Concept 2020 design will be available for download starting in July. Players can then add the car to their virtual garages.

The big reveal on Twitter:

 

Most of the Vision Concept cars exist only in the virtual world; however, Nissan may be bringing the Concept 2020 to life. In a press release, Nissan said, “But as a specialist in automotive design in three-dimensions, Nissan believes that the real-world is ready for the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.”

If we saw a car like the Nissan Concept 2020 on the road now, it’d probably take a while for us to pick our jaws up off the ground. Watch the short video below to get a closer look at the stunning concept! And if you’re a Gran Turismo fan, rest easy knowing that July is right around the corner.