There’s a possibility that the highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz GLT Midsize pickup truck could be in European dealerships as early as 2017. We recently learned about the leaked name and possible release date from Autocar on the Mercedes-Benz GLT truck. Combined with our earlier post regarding earlier details (Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck possible names), we are beginning to get a clearer picture of the Mercedes-Benz GLT Midsize pickup truck.
For those of you who don’t know, the Mercedes-Benz GLT Midsize pickup truck will be based on a Nissan NP300 Navara platform. While many of the mechanical components will be shared between the two trucks, the Mercedes-Benz GLT pickup truck will have a unique exterior, upscale interior and, possibly a unique suspension system as well.
According to the Autocar article: “Autocar understands that due to the partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the GLT will be built alongside Renault and Nissan pick-ups, with production split between Renault’s Argentinian plant and Nissan’s Barcelona factory.”
According to the TopSpeed Mercedes-Benz GLT truck information article: “We still suspect Mercedes will call its pickup the GLT and give it styling cues from the GL-Class SUV. The GLT is also likely to borrow its powertrain options from the GL-Class, giving it access to several options that include four- and six-cylinder engines running gasoline and diesel. A six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic are the two expected transmission choices. Mercedes’ 4MATIC AWD will be optional, as well.”
While Mercedes-Benz has not (officially) ruled out the North American market for sales, there has been no action taken by the automaker to indicate that the Mercedes-Benz GLT Midsize pickup will be sold in the United States. While the news is disparaging, there was a time when Mercedes-Benz didn’t think selling vans in the United States was a good idea. Public demand may change their sales plans.
What do you think? Is the United States ready for a premium pickup truck that, unlike the disliked Lincoln Blackwood, might bring luxury and pickup truck capability to the party?
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