Mercedes-Benz will begin selling bakkies / pickups by 2020. And no, this is no early April Fool’sjoke. The bigwigs at Stuttgart have decided to add a bakkie range to their commercial vehicle line-up, which will make the marque the first premium manufacturer to go into this light commercial vehicle space.
Of course Merc already builds commercial vehicles in the mould of Vito, Sprinter and trucks. But there hasn’t been a bakkie in this segment since the Chevrolet Ute, and even there, one mighthesitate to throw in the coveted “premium tag”. Regardless, it will be interesting to see where they play and what they come up with. Although not confirmed yet, we believe there will be single anddouble cabs, with petrol and diesel engines to power them.
The vehicle will mainly target South Africa, Latin America, Australia and Europe because these markets are quite happy with their bakkies. In fact Mzansi is so happy, its biggest-selling vehicle of any kind is the Toyota Hilux, followed frequently by the Ford Ranger. Yes, we are just bakkie people. As such, we hope Mercedes-Benz’s local manufacturing plant in East London will be one of the producers of the new vehicle, where it would be assembled next to the C-Class range.