A Mercedes-Benz executive from Australia has shot down suggestions that Nissan will get its hands on the German brand’s V6 oil-burner to create a high-performance version of the Navara.
Speaking to GoAuto.com, Scott Williams, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia’s product manager for the X-Class, said that the six-cylinder turbodiesel used in the X350d would never make its way into the Navara on which the X-Class is based.
“They will not ever get the V6,” Williams bluntly told the Australian publication.
Williams added that Nissan would find itself facing prohibitive costs should it want to use such Mercedes-Benz technology, before seemingly referring to the Japanese automaker potentially backtracking on plans to use a Daimler platform for its Infiniti brand.
“The technology has been shared but actually instigating it at a price point that Infiniti wants to be, or Nissan wants to be, is not always what they say it should be, if you know what I mean,” Williams said.
“It’s fine to want it, then to put it in and say: ‘sorry guys, we’ve got to charge X for it, I didn’t realise that, sorry, I’ll give it back to you’.”
In February, a report out of Australia suggested that Nissan was “studying” the opportunity to create a high-performance version of its Navara to take the fight to the Ford Ranger Raptor, with Ashwani Gupta, who heads up the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s light commercial vehicle unit, not ruling out the use of Mercedes-Benz’s 190kW/550 N.m six-cylinder engine.