Yes, despite appearances, this is not a Nissan NP300 Navara with wider wheels and hacked-up home-built wheel arch extensions. This is, in fact, the first prototype of the Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck, developed in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The aforementioned wheels and fenders suggest that the Teutonic pick-up will be wider than the Navara, further adding to speculation that Mercedes’ involvement in its development will go further than simply adding a three-pointed star on the NP300’s grille and calling it a day. Instead, it will reportedly build a whole new truck – one that’s said to be more luxurious and premium – based on the Nissan’s bones.
This is slightly different from Renault’s strategy – its version, the Alaskan, was shown in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year bearing a strong resemblance to the Navara. Both the Mercedes and Renault trucks will be built alongside the NP300 Navara at Nissan’s Spanish plant in Barcelona and in Renault’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina, although the NP300 Navara is also being built at a new facility in Samut Prakan, Thailand for the ASEAN and Australasian region.
As for engines, expect the Mercedes truck to be powered by the company’s own 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 diesel claimed to produce 258 hp and 620 Nm, instead of the 190 hp/250 Nm 2.3 litre twin-turbo diesel used by the Nissan and Renault, or the 2.5 litre turbodiesel powering the Navara over here.