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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!