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New details about the coming Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck have been revealed. Spied just last week under a Nissan Navara’s body, new information about the model from a “top-secret design forum” in Australia have been passed on to CarAdvice.

According to the Australian publication, the Benz pick-up will likely be designated as the Mercedes-Benz X-Class – a name to reflect of its off-roading nature. Also considered was a Z-Class designation, but it is believed that the car maker is already leaning towards the former.

It was also mentioned that three dual-cab variants will be made, with lower-spec variants getting a four-cylinder turbodiesel mill and the top-shelf unit getting a six-pot oil burner. The four-pot 2.3 litre twin-turbo diesel is said to be plucked right out of the new Nissan Navara NP300, producing 188 hp and 450 Nm (not available in Malaysia). The Mercedes-Benz 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbodiesel will offer up to 255 hp and 550 Nm.

On the outside, little was said about the Benz pick-up’s styling, apart from the fact that an AMG Line exterior kit would be possible. According to CarAdvice, the idea of a hot AMG variant of the truck was dispelled at the Detroit Auto Show by Mercedes-Benz Australia’s senior manager, David McCarthy.

Inside, the news source revealed that the X-Class would feature a B-Class-like cabin. Higher-spec variants are said to offer a few more luxury items, such as the brand’s current free-standing display screen.

It was previously revealed by Mercedes-Benz that its new pick-up will be based on the Nissan Navara NP300’s architecture – a decision it made based on the cost effectiveness of doing so. The vehicle will also be produced at Nissan’s production plant in Barcelona, Spain, and will be exported globally from there.

The publication also reported that the Mercedes-Benz pick-up would be priced from AUD$55k (RM165k) to AUD$80k (RM240k). How do you feel about the idea of a Mercedes-Benz-branded pick-up truck? Would you ever consider buying one if it makes its way to Malaysia?

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class spyshots