But has Mercedes learned its lesson on pickup trucks?
Luxury brands like Lincoln and Cadillac have tried and failed to introduce posh versions of pickup trucks into the American market. From these efforts, automakers have learned that luxurious trim levels of mainstream pickups are already enticing enough to draw customers away from luxury brands. Perhaps this is why the three major German automakers - Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz - may never offer a pickup truck in the United States. That, and the Chicken Tax, of course.
Mercedes already builds a mid-size truck called the X-Class, which is based on the Nissan Navara, but the company is set to discontinue it due to slow sales. The X-Class just isn't different enough from the Nissan on which is based, so perhaps Mercedes should try again with its own, in-house pickup truck. Rendering artist J.B. Cars has envisioned just such a truck.
Based on a Mercedes-AMG G63, this rendering imagines what an all-new pickup truck from Mercedes could look like. This would not be the first G-Class pickup truck ever built but it would be the first time a single cab version has ever been based on the hardcore AMG model. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, a single cab version of the G63 would be an absolute rocket ship.
This creation would almost certainly be lighter than the standard G63, which has two additional doors and more metal behind the front row. A standard G63 weighs in at 5,700 pounds but can still hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds so we'd expect this pickup truck version to be even quicker and just as capable off-road.
The rendering retains the G63's front end but obviously changes the design from the front doors and back. Even the rear window manages to retain its original shape and the artist has decided to leave in the side-opening barn door style tailgate. We would prefer to see the spare tire stay on the tailgate rather than take up space in the bed but aside from this minor detail, the rendering looks pretty spot on. With single cab truck sales waning in the US, this G63 pickup seems like little more than a pipe dream.