Daimler and Renault-Nissan have confirmed the upcoming Mercedes pickup truck will be loosely based on the Nissan NP300 / Navara.
Set to be built by Nissan - at plants in Barcelona, Spain and Cordoba, Argentina - the Mercedes pickup will use some of the architecture that underpins the NP300. However, it will be designed and engineered to meet the specific needs of Mercedes' customers.
The companies were coy on specifications but confirmed the model will be offered in a double cab configuration. They also said the truck will have "all of Mercedes Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features."
In a statement, Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said "Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path. Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment.”
His sentiments were echoed by Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn who said “Thanks to our cooperation with Daimler on this project, we will be able to share the cost of investment at the Cordoba plant, while at the same time open up new markets in the Latin American region for the Renault-Nissan Alliance." He added, “This project will also allow us to optimize production capacity at the Barcelona plant and enhance our competitiveness in an important segment.”