Alleged Mercedes-Benz Pickup Mule Spotted for the First Time

We already know Mercedes-Benz is planning on making its own pickup truck. Now, we also have a set of photos that show a modified variant of a Nissan NP300/Navara, which our spy photographers believe to be the next Mercedes-Benz Pickup.
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The German company has already confirmed that its upcoming pickup is a mid-size vehicle and is meant for Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. Mercedes-Benz expects to obtain high sales volumes on this segment by the end of the current decade. The new vehicle could come to market in late 2017 with four-cylinder and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines.

The next pickup from Mercedes-Benz is deemed to have a payload of one ton and to feature a high level of versatility. Since Nissan, Mercedes-Benz’s alliance partner, has recently launched its latest NP300/Navara, using this model as a mule for the future prototype of the premium pickup from Stuttgart is a logical choice. It will feature its own character and will be tailored to meet the requirements of customers in different markets.

The first ever midsize premium pickup from Mercedes-Benz will be the first in its class, but might not stay that way for long.

Lexus officials have admitted the possibility of developing their own pickup. However, while Mercedes-Benz has officially confirmed their intentions to make a pickup and sell it in large-scale production volumes, Lexus is just considering this possibility.

If you still find the idea of a premium truck unusual, remember how SUVs were in the ‘90s. Back then, Mercedes-Benz launched its ML-Class, a vehicle that is considered by some to be the first ever premium SUV. A year later, BMW followed with its first-generation X5, and Audi then launched the Q7. Now, each of the three German premium manufacturers has its line of SUVs.

Audi and BMW have stated that they do not intend to enter this future market segment. However, if the premium pickup truck market turns out to be profitable, there’s no guarantee the guys at Audi and BMW won’t change their minds.

After all, who expected performance SUVs with diesel engines from premium manufacturers?
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