Mercedes-Benz will reveal their highly anticipated pick-up truck on October 25 at 4.30pm GMT / 6.30pm CEST (Sweden local time).
Born from a strategic partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the new pick-up will be revealed live through a dedicated YouTube channel set up by Mercedes-Benz, available to all viewers across the world. Details are still scarce regarding the name of the truck but two names have come up repeatedly over the past few months – ‘X Class’ and the ‘GLT’, with the later reflecting the recently revamped Mercedes nomenclature.
Mercedes-Benz Pick-up Live Debut
The same platform used by the Nissan Navara and the new Renault Alaskan will also underpin the Mercedes-Benz Pick-up, the Alaskan already features several tech from Mercedes. That said, the pickup will be built in Spain and Argentina in factories owned by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Despite sharing the same platform, it is believed that Mercedes seeks to take a different approach with the pick-up. That could include having the same interior and tech as seen on the GLE but more importantly is the use of Mercedes engines. Several powertrains will be available including an AMG version. And if an AMG version happens, chances are it will get the x43 AMG V6 engines as opposed to the more potent 4.0L V8 Biturbo.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance grew stronger after they acquired 34% of Mitsubishi through Nissan. Mercedes was formerly in an alliance with Mitsubishi for 69 months through the DaimlerChrysler-Mitsubishi Alliance which only proved to be costly, it ended in 2005.
When it enters the market, the Mercedes-Benz pick-up will be sold in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. Prices could go higher than those of the Navara and will likely rival the VW Amarok.