Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted March 15, 2016 11:29
Tentatively called the X-Class
Last year, Mercedes-Benz announced their plans to enter the one ton pickup truck segment. This first-ever pickup from the three pointed star was made possible by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG and the pickup will be based on the Nissan NP300 Navara.
As mentioned above, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class (as its tentatively named) will share some of its architecture with the new NP300 Navara but the company says says it will be engineered and designed to fit the expectations of their customers. With the rise of one ton pickup sales, Mercedes-Benz aims to become "the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift". The Mercedes-Benz pickup will be built in Renault's plant Cordoba, Argentina for the Latin American market and the trucks for the other markets will be built in Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain.
Speaking to Auto Express, Mercedes-Benz Vans CEO Volker Mornhinweg said that the Mercedes-Benz pickup will start production by next year. Meanwhile, industry insiders said that a concept version will be shown during this year's Paris Motor Show. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety and design of a Mercedes Benz passenger car," said Mornhinweg.
It's not only Mercedes-Benz that is benefiting from the NP300 Navara platform. Also in the works is a Renault pickup which will also share its platform with its Nissan counterpart. Like Mercedes-Benz, this will be Renault's first entry into the one ton truck segment. Production for the Renault pickup will begin late 2016 at Nissan's Mexico plant in Cuernavaca.