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Mercedes-Benz will display a new ‘crossover’ concept at this year’s International Commercial Vehicle Fair (IAA) in Hanover at the end of September.

The Activity study is said to combine American styling with European dimensions and is based on the Mercedes-Benz Vito van and Viano MPV. Unlike the US definition of crossover – a blend of station wagon, minivan and SUV, the German vehicle combines features of a van, pickup truck and SUV.

 “The concept vehicle combines professional, day-to-day and recreational driving – ideal for sporty, active people who require a spacious and practical, multifunctional vehicle,” Mercedes said. “The prominent front apron is reminiscent of an off-roader, for example, expressing an inclination towards outdoor activities in the same way as the structured aluminium sideliners and door panels.”

Rear seat access is via wide sliding doors – a claimed innovation in the pick-up segment. The same applies to the variability of the loading platform: while the overall length is limited to the city-compatible 4.99 metres of Mercedes’ long-body production Viano van for normal operations, an extending section stretches the Activity to 5.7m when required.

The interior features lava red leather upholstery and a glass sliding roof. The concept has a 160kW V6 petrol engine and 19-inch wheels.