Yes, as you can see the rumors and hints from German automaker Mercedes turned out to be true. They really are making its first pickup truck that is supposed to be named GLT. Mercedes has decided to let them self into this endeavor together with Nissan/Infinity, as a joint project, which ought to bring success to both of them on Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America markets. Sadly they have decided not to try to make something for the US markets because, by their words “it would be a steep hill to climb” since the US pickup market is 90% held by the big three – Ford, GM/GMC and Ram. The 2018 Mercedes GLT Pickup Truck is going to face the VW Amarok, as well as hardy and the big-selling pickups like Toyota Hilux/Tacoma and Ford Ranger, but Mercedes is keeping it calm and they have made pretty modest projected sales for the short term. But this is all just an intro, more details is brought to you in following text, keep reading.
2018 Mercedes GLT Pickup Truck exterior design
Exterior of the 2018 Mercedes GLT Pickup Truck is going to be similar to the recently launched Nissan NP300 Navara thanks to the Mercedes and Nissan/Infinity cooperation. It is probably very likely to expect that the 2018 GLT will share much of its hardware with the Nissan, including its ladder chassis, axles and essential structure, it will look completely different though with its own body style. It’s supposed to adopt broad shoulders, high hood, and large grille which is going to make better truck proportions. The coupe proportions were dropped in favor of an SUV tall cabin and large doors.
Mercedes Pickup Truck is going to have slick and swooping accent lines which will flow on to its bed, tying the whole thing together, giving it stylish limousine like look wrapped into the workhorse that is going to be. Do not expect low profile wheels and tires for this one, because Mercedes ditched the 20 and 21 inch wheels in favor of more conservative ones that are going to help you do day-to-day tasks but still be able to take you off-road after a hard days job. With that said ground clearance is expected to be high, and Mercedes is going to add a pair of side steps, with a touch of chrome to helps ease entry, which will make this truck up and ready for anything. Mercedes will probably offer single cab and crew cab configurations which will allow customers to choose what works best for their needs.
Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck engine and specs
As far as Powertrains are going, Mercedes has previously hinted that the 2018 Mercedes GLT could use a range of four- and six-cylinder engines both petrol and diesel, including the 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel with 255 HP currently used in its flagship S-Class and GLE SUV. There is some speculations that AMG might get involved and redo one of the V6 engines to their specs and offer it with the GLT. Although that is yet unconfirmed and unsure,we can still hope right? One more possibility is a 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. First ever Mercedes Pickup Truck is going to be offered with both 4Matic-branded 4 wheel drive and 2WD paired with six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions. A solid axle with leaf springs will do the heavy lifting on the back while an independent suspension system up front will provide more comfort. Mercedes is allegedly claiming that its future truck will be able to handle a payload of “about one metric ton” in its bed or 2.205 pounds which is more than incredible.
Interior design of Mercedes Truck
Interior of the 2018 GLT will be something else. According to the available information it will be offered in both single and crew cabin design, as we previously wrote, and by a few allegedly bold statements from Mercedes crew it will offer best-in-class passenger space in the second row and that the cockpit will be built with materials that will exceed typical pickup standards. Basically, it will be, literally, the Mercedes of pickup trucks. Nothing new here, right? Just the thing we would usually expect from German automaker. We also have some rumors that the inside of the cabin will be closely based on the 2016 Mercedes Metris van because it is the first from van segment that made a fine balance between heavy work horse and elegance. That is the same thing we expect from the Mercedes pickup only we think we can expect slightly more elegance and hi-tech equipment from the pickup because it is Mercedes’ first and in its top trim it will search a higher demanding clientele.
2018 Mercedes GLT release date and price
Release date is expected in 2018, possibly the first half but not entirely sure. It will be worth every minute of waiting time if it really turns out as announced though. Pricing of this Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck is yet unknown for sure. Since it is going up against Ford Ranger and VW Amarok it shouldn’t be much more expensive from them, at least in the base trim, so we predict its pricing to start from around $29.000 and up to around $50.000 for the top trim.
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