Mercedes confirmed in March 2015 it had become readying a brand new mid-size pick-up – its first double-cab to disrupt the mainly American and Japanese truck scene. We’ve questioned the main of Daimler’s commercial vehicle division and created exclusive renderings to exhibit the way the Merc pick-up will appear. Continue reading for the scoop dossier on which is stated to become badged the Mercedes GLT. Which certainly sounds much better than the implausibly codenamed Project Andrew, Daimler’s in-house reputation for its pick-up project.
Expansion may be the catchword of M-B’s future product strategy – which is applicable to vans and trucks around cars, based on the manager in control, former AMG chief Volker Mornhinweg who’s focusing on the 3-pointed star’s trucklet.
The take rate for mid-size trucks is about 2.3 million models per year, based on Daimler. The lengthy-time leader from the pack is Toyota which sells around 700,000 of their Hilux/Tacoma twins. Next lined up are Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and GMC. The VW?Amarok has handled to have a modest 3% stake from the action since launch this year.
At this time, Mercedes won’t yet talk figures, but even optimists are battling to forecast greater than five figures for the short term. Even though the Sprinter is created in five different plants spread around the world (and offered in 130 areas), the present industrial footprint won’t easily manufacture the pick-up due at the end of 2018 or early 2019, sources say.
Rather, Mercedes is expected to go in a cooperation with Nissan, which lately introduced the brand new D40-generation Navara built-in Thailand and Mexico. The Spanish people are stated to become particularly thinking about the factory in Aguascalientes which works underneath the NAFTA umbrella.
Daimler has already been collaborating with Renault-Nissan globally, remember. The Wise Fortwo/Forfour and Infiniti Q30 are joint endeavors – also it seems like the Mercedes GLT might be next. The most popular denominator of the still tentative partnership is really a modular components set composed of ladder frame, axles and the body structure. Exterior, interior and engines could be brand-specific.
‘Modern pick-ups have become more and more vehicle-like,’ stated Mornhinweg. ‘We shall take account of the trend by providing a great deal of drivetrains in addition to three different equipment levels provisionally labelled workhorse, dual use and leisure and family. Marketing wants dual-use is the undisputed best-seller using the base and premium packs splitting the rest of the 50%.’
Four- and 6-cylinder engines are earmarked for that GLT, in gas and diesel flavours. According to someone acquainted with the company situation, prices are likely to start around $30,000 (£21,000) within the least expensive marketplaces.
Instead of the conventional live rear axle, purchasers may specify a completely independent suspension in addition to 4Matic AWD. Individuals who don’t seem like operating a six-speed stick shift ought to choose the seven-speed automatic. The only real area where you don’t have an option is bodystyle – which there’s just one, namely a four-door twin-cab, portrayed within our renderings by Designwerk (third and fourth image within the gallery).
Special features have an electric rear window instead of a sunroof, three different cabin style and equipment levels, an elegant instrument panel inspired by GLE and GLC, a tall and wide dual cab along with a tailgate which may be locked in a 90deg or 180deg position.
Nearly the only real detail from the modern Mercedes pick-up which tells us of their a lot more fundamental forefathers may be the traditional lever-operated handbrake.
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