Mercedes GLT Pickup Truck Spied Testing

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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