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Mercedes Confirms Nissan Partnership For Upcoming Truck

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/7/2015 Erick Ayapana

Mercedes-Benz confirmed today that Nissan will help develop its upcoming truck. The automaker made the announcement just a week after rumors suggested the Benz pickup would be based on a Nissan platform.

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Mercedes states that its truck will “share some of the architecture” with the new Nissan NP300, which is badged as Navara or Frontier, depending on where it’s sold. The automakers are calling it a 1-ton midsize pickup truck, though details regarding powertrain, payload, or towing still need to be finalized before rolling out by 2020.

While the truck will be a joint project, Mercedes promises that its version will meet the quality and engineering standards consumers expect from Benz. The automaker sates it will be sold in double cab configuration and will be offered in commercial and passenger versions.

Mercedes Benz Vans Pickup Truck Sketch Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz Vans Pickup Truck Sketch Front Three Quarter

As previously reported, the truck has been confirmed for Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America. Mercedes-Benz USA boss Steve Cannon, however, has stated his interest in bringing the truck to the U.S., with a decision likely to arrive by the end of the year. The U.S.-spec version would likely come as a luxury truck.

Renault is also expected to get its own version of the midsize truck and is expect to begin production much sooner in 2016 at Nissan’s Mexican plant in Cuernavaca.

The Mercedes truck will be built in multiple locations. The ones sold in Latin America will be built at Renault’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina, while Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain will produce units for other regions.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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