It's not just a rumour - it's officially official.
Until now it was believed Mercedes-Benz’s first pickup truck in history could be offered in the United States and possibly Canada, but official information from, well, Renault, confirms the Nissan Navara-based model won’t make it stateside.
The French manufacturer released a press release detailing the cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance. The company announced the partnership “is maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016.”
But what’s more interesting, Renault says the new one-top pickup of Mercedes will be designed by Daimler “to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America," without a single word about the North American market.
We already know it won’t be a “fat cowboy truck,” but a “real Mercedes” and a "truly premium" product. The new pickup will be manufactured at Renault’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina, and at Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain, where the Nissan NP300 Frontier and the Renault Alaskan will also be produced.
Mercedes already announced its version of the pickup trio will be significantly different than the Navara, with distinctive design, higher quality materials, and more optional features. As a consequence, it will be more expensive than its Japanese and French brothers, and other key players in the segment, such as the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.
At this point, it’s not clear whether Mercedes will use its own engines to power the pickup or it will ask its partners Nissan and Renault for help. While a base variant with the Navara’s 2.5-litre turbodiesel sounds like a reasonable option, a range-topping model with a V6 3.0-litre turbodiesel with 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque is also a possibility, according to reports from earlier this year.
Renault says Mercedes-Benz will provide further insights into the new pickup truck’s design, strategy, and markets in October this year. Hopefully, we will get more information about its powertrains until then, so stay tuned.