Mercedes-Benz pick-up confirmed for 2017

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to launch a pick-up. The new model will arrive towards the end of 2017 and offer a maximum payload of one tonne, rivalling the likes the Volkswagen Amarok and Mitsubishi L200.

We've only seen an artist's sketch of the, as yet, unnamed model but we're told that it will carry a ‘distinctive identity’, taking styling cues from the current Mercedes-Benz SUV range. As a result, the pick-up gets an aggressive front grille, muscular wheel arches and raised LED headlights. The new Mercedes-Benz will also get a heavy dose of chrome, along with 19-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.

Power will come from a choice of petrol and diesel engines, fed through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Four-wheel drive will be fitted as standard, although it isn't clear if this will be a permanent or a switchable set-up, like that found in the L200. 

What we do know is the new model will be geared up for off-roading, with large all-terrain tyres and under chassis protection, with front and rear skid plates. Expect a turn-dial system – not dissimilar to Land Rover’s Terrain Response – to be offered, with individual settings for mud, snow, sand and tarmac. 

The pick-up will also get 'car like' interior specifications, with touchscreen navigation, built in phone cradle and the choice of cloth or leather seats. The new model will also embrace the mobile office ethos, with storage for laptops and tablet devices.