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The upcoming Mercedes-Benz ute has been spotted by our spy photography team in southern Europe, although it only provides one clue about the final vehicle.

First announced at the end of March 2015, Mercedes-Benz has since confirmed that its first dedicated one-tonne ute will be based on the platform of the Nissan Navara NP300.

The same set of underpinnings will also yield a new Renault one-tonne ute, which was previewed last year by the Alaskan concept.


Utes for all three brands will be produced in various Renault-Nissan factories across the globe, including Barcelona, Spain, and Cordoba, Argentina. Renault and Nissan utes will also be made at Nissan’s factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

It’s widely speculated that the Mercedes-Benz ute will feature the greatest amount of interior, exterior and mechanical differentiation from the Nissan Navara.

Earlier reports have suggested the three-pointed star’s ute will use Mercedes-Benz engines. And from these photos, it seems as though the German load-lugger will also feature a wider track than the Navara upon which it’s based.


The Mercedes-Benz ute is scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms from 2018, and will be sold in most regions around the world, except the USA.