For those keeping track of such things, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are joining forces in the mid-size pickup truck segment — at least that's what they call it in the U.S. That means we can expect to see Mecedes-fied Nissan Navara. From everything the Germans tell us, they want their version of the pickup to be a global work truck. Of course, that doesn't mean it won't eventually make it to the U.S., but that's not likely to happen anytime soon. Expect the MB pickup to follow the strategy of the Metris small work van: keep safety and performance top-notch, but limit the frills to keep costs down. Here's what our spy photographers sent us after seeing the most recent test unit.
"Today we spied the upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup (to date, not slated for the U.S.) looking quite production ready during its tests near the Arctic Circle.
"As we've stated before, the new X-Class will share a platform with the Nissan Navara and some of the body as well. That said, the Mercedes X-Class will still have its own look as we've seen by the two concept versions Mercedes has already revealed.
"We are expecting the X-Class to use the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 from Mercedes' European passenger cars with 261 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque. The X-Class will also almost certainly have at least one four-cylinder offering. The X-Class will also feature Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system."
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