D ince the news that Mercedes-Benz would manufacture a pickup for the first time ever met, immediately began to emerge a series of speculations about would be its base and its manufacturing .
But today Mercedes confirmed that this is a product that is based on the platform of the new generation of the Nissan NP300 / Navara / Frontier and also give birth to a third variant which will be marketed under the brand Renault.
Intended primarily markets Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America . Production for the Latin American market will focus on Argentina and will be produced by Nissan in the province of Cordoba, in conjunction with the Nissan NP300 and Renault unpublished pickup.
In addition, the three models will be produced Barcelona, Spain , for other international markets.
The first to hit the market will be the Renault, which will be manufactured in Mexico in 2016. The new Mercedes in 2020.
Although both the product Renault like Mercedes will be based on the platform Nissan are all expected to maintain their own identity .
Although they share many elements of the chassis and mechanics Mercedes reserves its own tuning specifically to meet the expectations that customers expect from the brand .
Aesthetically, the product of Mercedes-Benz will own , while much of its engineering will be conducted by German engineers. It will offer unitedly with double cabin and five seats.
At the same time Nissan and Renault are already developing a pickup Renault also share a common architecture with the product of Nissan. Like Mercedes, Renault will first vehicle of its kind, committed to a distinctive design .
production pickup Renault will begin next year at the Nissan plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico .
is expected to Mercedes model makes its debut by 2020 , whereas in both manufacturing plants begin in 2019. The plant Barcelona will produce some 120,000 vehicles per year combining the three models, while Córdoba plant will produce about 70,000 vehicles per year .