Mercedes and Nissan have confirmed that they are working together on a new Mercedes pickup that will be based on the Nissan NP300/ Navara.
Last month we thought that Mercedes was pulling an early April Fools prank when it announced plans to develop a midsize pickup, but it’s completely true and now we’re learning more. Mercedes and Nissan have confirmed that they are working together on a new Mercedes pickup that will be based on the Nissan NP300/ Navara.
The Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan at its plants in Spain and Argentina. Even though the pickup will borrow its platform from the Nissan NP300, Mercedes is designing it to meet the specific needs of its own customer base. It will also be offered in a double cab configuration, but all the other specs are being kept under wraps for now.
“Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path,” Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche stated. “Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment.”
“Thanks to our cooperation with Daimler on this project, we will be able to share the cost of investment at the Cordoba plant, while at the same time open up new markets in the Latin American region for the Renault-Nissan Alliance,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn. “This project will also allow us to optimize production capacity at the Barcelona plant and enhance our competitiveness in an important segment.”