Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 27, 2016 17:14
Supposed Mercedes-Benz GLT prototype doing rounds in public roads
The year 2020 will see Mercedes-Benz officially enter the midsize pickup market. The company has already confirmed that the upcoming pickup will share its architecture with the current-generation Nissan Navara. Just recently, our spy photographers managed to snap some pictures of Mercedes-Benz's upcoming midsize pickup being tested on public roads.
When launched in the market, the new utility vehicle is expected to carry the GLT name. It is still in its prototype phase however and still heavily resembles the pickup from which it is based on. In spite of that, the GLT is noticeably wider than the Navara thanks to the use of wider fender flares.
Also seen on the camouflaged pickup truck are what looked to be a revised front grill and bed. The former gets a rectangular finish which is not typical in the automaker's design. Meanwhile, the bed itself appears to incorporate a swept-up finish that starts from the taillights although this may have been done to throw off spy photographers.
Expect a plethora of engines to be available in the GLT which may include four- and six-cylinder engines powered by gasoline or diesel. Transmission options, on the other hand, could come in the form of a 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic that is connected to the brand's 4MATIC AWD system.
In review, the upcoming pickup will be a double cab model and will be aimed at daily drivers and commercial users. Key target markets of the Mercedes-Benz GLT will be Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.
Latin American models will be built at Renault's plant in Cordoba, Argentina. Other markets will have their trucks sourced from Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain. Production of the new pickup at the two plants will begin by the end of the decade.