Nissan South Africa has released images and details (but not pricing ... yet) of the new NP300 Hardbody 2,5 TDI 4x4 double-cab derivative that was on display at the recent Nampo agricultural show in Bothaville.
The local arm of the Japanese automaker says this new variant will be officially launched in June 2018 to replace the 2,4-litre petrol double-cab and 2,5-litre 4x4 single-cab as the “range-topping Hardbody”.
The 2,5 TDI 4x4 double-cab will be equipped with overfenders, 16-inch alloy wheels and hardened steel tie-down hooks. Other standard features will include air-conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking and a pair of airbags, along with a limited-slip differential at the rear.
The example on display at Nampo (and pictured here) was equipped with the brand’s “Rogue” accessory package, which adds a number special decals, blacked-out alloys, leather seats (with “Rogue” logos), a plush carpet set and a custom audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation.
The 2,5-litre TDI engine delivers 98 kW at 3 600 r/min and 304 N.m at 2 000 r/min, sipping at a claimed 8,0 L/100 km.
“The new Hardbody offers a perfect blend of workhorse functionality and comfort. It is our answer to the request from the agricultural community for a double-cab diesel off-road-capable Hardbody,” said Xavier Gobille, managing director for sales, marketing and aftersales at Nissan Group of Africa.
“We will launch the new version of the NP300 in June this year. It will be one of the most affordable diesel double-cab models on the market, despite its generous specification level.”
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