Nissan NP300 Navara platform to underpin Renault and Merc pick-upsPOSTED BY Vishal Bhaskaran ON 08 April 2015
No, that is not a typo. Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan are officially expanding their strategic alliance to the one-tonne pick-up truck market, with the Navara-based Renault arriving first in 2016 and the Mercedes-Benz luxury pick-up expected to hit the market in 2020.
“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement to Business Insider. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”
In essence, while based on the new Navara, the utilitarian — if the word can even be used here — Merc will be significantly more luxurious and arrive in a double-cab body style and will be released at least initially in European, Latin American, Australian, and South African markets.
Here’s hoping it will eventually make its way to Asian markets, although this may be a long shot as even the Volkswagen Amarok couldn’t make a case for itself here.
Assembly will take place at Nissan-Renault plants in Cordoba, Argentina and Barcelona, Spain with a combined capacity of 70,000 units and 120,000 units a year respectively for the pick-up triplets.
The NP300 Navara on the other hand is imminent in local markets, having been released in Thailand in the second half of last year.