MERCEDES-Benz’ highly anticipated Pickup “The Concept” will be exposed to the world later today in Stockholm, Sweden (3:30am tomorrow morning, AEDT).
The German brand has drip-fed teasers of the uber-classy off-roader to the public, with the above teaser video whetting appetites worldwide last week.
The Pickup “The Concept” will share its architecture with the popular Nissan NP300 Navara, but it will be tailor-made to suit the needs of Merc’s clientele – think luxury.
Expected changes to the one-tonne ute include a more powerful V6 engine and new suspension.
It’s a smart move from the Daimler and Renault/Nissan alliance, as LCVs and SUVs are taking over the Australian market.
Tony Weber, chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, explains: “The trend in increased consumer preference for SUVs and light commercials was accompanied by a decline in sales of passenger vehicles by 8.7 per cent in September, compared with the same month last year.”
In fact, the Toyota Hilux (4x4 and 4x2 models) was the third best-selling vehicle on the Australian charts for September, 2016.
As this launch is only a concept, we may see changes before it hits the production line – where it will most likely be called the ‘GLT’.
We’ve flown to Stockholm to be there when the curtain drops to reveal Merc’s new Pickup, so stay tuned to 4x4australia.com.au to read all about it in full detail!