Mercedes-Benz will pull the covers off its much-anticipated one-tonne bakkie on Tuesday afternoon, at least in concept form, and this teaser video gives us a small taste of what to expect.

Yet what surprises us is just how sleek and car-like the concept looks at the front end.

Its swept-back headlights are notably different from squarer, more GLC-like lights seen on the early official sketch (below), which Mercedes-Benz used to preview the vehicle when it was first announced last year.

We'll reserve final judgement until we see the showroom version in the metal though as it's impossible to tell how closely the design study will preview the production model.

The Benz bakkie will be based on the new Nissan Navara, but will have its own design inside and out, with the German carmaker promising it'll have premium materials inside and a more luxurious look and feel compared to its Japanese platform donor.

The new bakkie has already been confirmed for South Africa, which was identified as a key market for the vehicle, although it's unlikely to make its way here before 2018.

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