The Mercedes pickup truck should arrive in late 2017, according to leaked road map and if this leaked road map is accurate.
The road map, which was acquired by Auto Car, details what the German automaker has in the works for the coming year, including a convertible Mercedes-AMG GT model. It also confirms that Mercedes will launch nine new models and two new Smart models next year.
With the new E-Class sedan introduced this year, it’s no surprise to see the E-Class coupe on the horizon for 2017. There is also a high-riding E-Class All Terrain in the works while the S-Class will receive a facelift. It also appears Mercedes will expand on the GLA crossover lineup with a coupe four-door coupe model, like the larger GLC.
Most interesting however is confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz pickup truck, expected to be called the GLT, will arrive by late 2017.
Spy photographers have caught a prototype testing, so we know it’s in the works. And for those anxiously awaiting a drop-top AMG GT, your wish will be fulfilled with a fabric soft top, similar to what’s found on the SLS roadster.
The upcoming Mercedes GLT pickup truck will use the Nissan small pickup platform and will now likely make its debut in 2017.
Based on the Nissan Navara pickup truck, the Mercedes-Benz offering could take on the GLT nameplate and will share a lot of the Nissan’s architecture underneath. But to compete in the luxury space, expect Mercedes to change its appearance significantly even though this early prototype still carries many of the Navara’s styling cues. It does appear, however, that the prototype is wider than the new Nissan Navara, which means the Mercedes GLT pickup truck will have a wider track.
The model is being designed and engineered by Mercedes to meet the needs of customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The German automaker is considering the U.S. market, and it could save on tariffs by producing the truck at Nissan’s plant in Mexico. Mercedes will also produce the GLT pickup truck in Argentina for the Latin American market and in Europe for the European market.
Under the hood, you can expect four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines while transmission options will include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic mated to the German automaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It was originally rumored that the Mercedes GLT pickup truck would make its debut this year, but based on the spy photos it will likely bow in 2017.