Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are already close partners. Now it seems that the upcoming Mercedes-Benz midsize pickup might have a little Nissan DNA in it, too. Or maybe not, depending on how you interpret comments by Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
“I don’t want anybody to think that because they announced a pickup truck, they have to make it with us. Not at all,” Ghosn said at the New York Auto Show, according to Automotive News. “They are completely free to do it by themselves, to do it with somebody else, etc., and also, or to do it with us.”
The Mercedes Vans division is responsible for the truck’s development, and the pickup is aimed at the popular global midsize segment against vehicles like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. There’s no mention of any plans for the model in North America. Instead, Mercedes wants to focus on Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe for a launch slated before 2020.
Ghosn was quite clear there was no decision either way as of yet. “Is this something that can eventually be on the table? I told you, everything is on the table between us,” he said, according to Automotive News.
If the two companies do decide to collaborate on a midsize truck, the timing would seem perfect. Nissan completed development of its NP300 Navara in 2014, and the automaker has been at work at least evaluating powertrains for the next Frontier possibly for 2019.