First pictures of Mercdes-Benz 1-tonne pick-up

George Barrow
August 5, 2016

The first pictures of the Mercedes-Benz 1-tonne pick-up have been released, showing hot weather testing in Spain. The manufacturer had already announced its plans to enter the intensely contested pick-up market but is expected to reveal the truck by the end of the year, possibly at the Paris motor show, where it could be given the name X-Class.

Alternative rumours suggest the model could continue the company’s 4x4 naming strategy and be given a GLT badge, a nod to the GLS name used on its large premium SUV. The pick-up is likely to be aimed at the higher end of the 4x4 market, a competitor to the Volkswagen Amarok, which gets a powerful V6 engine.

The Mercedes truck will use the Nissan NP300 Navara platform and with it, is likely to adopt the 2.3-litre 4-cylinder diesel and multi-link coil-sprung rear suspension. Expect a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, excellent on- and off-road driving manners, and the option of a full leather interior with plenty of chrome – not to mention a suitably expensive price tag.

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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