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New Hardbody at large NAMPO 2018 display

Hardbody unveiled as Nissan South Africa welcomed the crowds at this year’s NAMPO Harvest Show with a wide range of its pick-ups, crossovers and sports cars on display.

Taking centre stage was the brand New Nissan Hardbody

Taking centre stage was the brand-new Nissan NP300 Hardbody 2.5 TDI 4×4 Double Cab, which will replace the Hardbody 2.4 petrol Double Cab and 2.5 4×4 Single Cab as the range topping Hardbody.

As is standard with top-specification NP300 Hardbody models, the new Hardbody 2.5 TDI 4×4 Double Cab is equipped with over fenders, 16” alloy wheels, hardened steel hooks for load tiedown and the generous 1 425 mm long load bay. [slide-anything id=”14118″]

The model also has air conditioning, power windows, remote central locking and two airbags as standard, while it has a limited slip rear differential in addition to the 4×4 system for added traction.

The NP300 2.5 TDI 4×4 Double Cab on display at NAMPO was equipped with Nissan’s Rogue accessory-package, which adds a number of creature comforts and cosmetic additions to the standard vehicle styling. Outside, the package includes side- and rear-Rogue decals and blacked-out alloy rims.

In the interior, the Rogue package adds leather seats with stitched Rogue logos, a plush carpet set and a custom radio system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and satellite navigation as standard.

Known for its durability and reliability, Nissan’s 2.5 TDI engine delivers 98 kW at 3 600 rpm and 304 Nm at 2 000 rpm.

Known for its durability and reliability, Nissan’s Hardbody 2.5 TDI engine delivers 98 kW at 3 600 rpm and 304 Nm at 2 000 rpm. The engine is rated for a combined fuel consumption figure of 8 litres per 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,” says 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.”

The new Nissan Micra and flagship Hardbody 2.5 TDI Double Cab 4×4 set the tone for an impressive NAMPO display, which also showed visitors a range of other segment-leading products. These included the Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai, which are world leaders in the crossover market, the new V8 Nissan Patrol and the highly popular Nissan R35 GT-R, which created and dominates the market for affordable, everyday supercars.

“We remain committed to the farming community, through our network of rural and small-town dealers and our participation in various national and local agricultural forums.

“Our participation in NAMPO, where we hosted what was arguably the largest automotive stand with the widest range of products, attests to this fact. We look forward to returning next year,” says Gobille.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa