Rumors about a Mercedes pickup truck started to surface around two years ago. However, at the time not much was available about it. Fast forward nearly two years, a few months ago the first spy shots of what seemed to be a new pickup were revealed. These showcased a wider and slightly more aggressive Nissan Navara test mule which was supposed to be the Mercedes pickup. Well, a few weeks back the Concept X-class has been revealed which is expected to hit the market as the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck. The name has not been finalized so far, but it seems that the truck may hit the market either as the GLT or as the X-Class.
Unlike most of their cars, the new truck is going to be built by another company, in this case at Nissan’s factory in Spain. This is to be expected considering underneath the truck is actually a heavily modified Navara. Mercedes took this approach due to Nissan’s already well-designed truck. The Navara features a fully independent rear end with one of the stiffest chassis in its class. The GLT will get that even further. In order to better fit their expectations, the truck has been widened, and it also received a modified suspension system. The actual modifications are unknown at this point, but it seems Mercedes wants to offer the same experience as in one of their sedans.
This is interesting because the truck will be marketed by their Van-division. Even this is the case, the GLT will be part of a unique class, at least for now, and it will have a lot more in common with their C-Class than with the Vito.
So far it seems that the truck will be released in Europe, Australia, and South Africa by the end of 2017. The US release date is currently unknown, but Mercedes did say that the truck will most likely be offered here as well.
2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup
A few days ago the final two concepts of the future 2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck had been revealed to everyone’s surprise. The two trucks couldn’t be more different from each other. One of the two has been designed as an all-out off-road machine. This uses smaller steel wheels wrapped in high-performance off-road tires. The front features an AMG-inspired bumper with a really interesting winch while the back has a really unique tailgate and another winch integrated into its bumper.
This features black plastic protective inserts on the sides and it is noticeably higher off the ground than the second. Unlike the first one, the second concept shows how the finalized design might look. The same AMG-inspired bumper can be seen in the front, but instead of the winch, the truck features a much larger intake and a small splitter-like insert. The back is a bit more futuristic with a wrap-around tail light, and the black plastic inserts are no more.
Mercedes also added 22-inch rims wrapped in high-performance street tires. The production truck will likely borrow from the two depending on what version the buyer will end up with.
As we mentioned above, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck looks nothing like its siblings from the Van division. Instead, the dashboard looks to be heavily inspired by both the A and C-Class with some modifications to better fit the truck body. The seats look to be quite comfortable for a truck, and the materials seem to be well above the average of its class. The extra width seems quite clear inside the cabin where the large seats fit just fine with a much wider center console than that found on the Navara.
2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup
So far it still is unclear what will power the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck. There have been numerous rumors about this, but the result might surprise some people. For starters, because Mercedes basically took the chassis of the Navara, the engine powering the truck might just be the same one found in the top end, Nissan. This is a 2.3-liter twin-turbocharged inline-four diesel which would easily be able to power the Mercedes.
This engine is smoother and quite a bit more efficient than its rivals. The seven-speed automatic will more than likely be offered as standard. Mercedes might also trow in as an option for some markets their 2 liters turbocharged inline-four petrol engine which is known to make well over 200 horsepower.
The biggest competitors are VW Amarok and Ford Ranger.