2017 Nissan bakkies: What they got, then?

  • 2017 Nissan bakkie range due now
  • Dual-turbo diesel and petrol engines
  • Long list of standard / special items
2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA
2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA

ROSSLYN, Pretoria – Nissan SA will become South Africa’a most prolific bakkie brand when the first models of the all-new Nissan Navara arrive here later in 2017.

The range will start with the sub-one ton NP200 the add a wide range of NP300 Hardbody units with a rugged Patrol pick-up, already named 2016 international bakkie of the year.

The new Navara will first be available as three 4×4 double-cab fitted with either a six-speed manual or new seven-speed auto gearbox. Over time the range will expand to include mid- and entry-level 4×2 and 4×4 models with several additional models in the pipeline.

2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA
2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA

Xavier Gobille, sales, marketing and post-sales director at Nissan Group Africa, told The Corner in a media release the automaker would now be better positioned than any other South African brand to meet the requirements of every type of driver and application.

COMMERCIAL MARKET

Sales of the NP200 and NP300 Hardbody single-cabs would, Gogille added, focus on the commercial market with a payload rated for 800kg payload for the NP200 and up to a 1359kg for NP300. Each will be delivered with a six-year/ or 150 000km mechanical warranty.

the NP200 range is topped by the high-spec 1.5 DCI High model. The NP300 Hardbody range starts at R179 000 for the basic single cab, rising to R324 900 for the 2.5 TDI mid-specced singled cab.id Spec Single Cab with all-wheel drive at R324 900.

The NP300 Hardbody offers two-litre and 2.4-litre four-cylinder engines and a four-cylinder 2.5 turbodiesel equipped according to order with either 4×2 of 4×4 drive trains.

LOADS OF ACCESSORIES

NP300 Hardbody, Nissan SA says, should scores well for its “no-nonsense mechanical layout and true workhorse capability, according to Gobille. It will be Nissan SA’s main export model into Africa, including Nigeria, where kits will be assembled at a plant near Lagos.

Unlike competing brands, Nissan has a comprehensive range of accessories through its dealers that are backed by a Nissan warranty: cattle rails, crash-bag-compliant bush bar or items included in, among others, an Agri Pack,, Fleet Pack or several other packs at though their local Nissan franchise.

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Buyers of the Nissan Patrol, a mainstay with Africa-overland specialists and farmers, also have a wide range of options “custom-designed for the bakkies for use in extreme off-roading.

SEVEN CRASH-BAGS

First of the new bakkies to arrive will be three SE and LE-grade 4×4 units with a choice of levels and variously powered by a dual-turbo 140kW / 450Nm diesel engine.

The first locally available double-cab units will have seven crash- bags, touchscreen infotainment system and a new six-year or 150 000km warranty.

LE grade buyers will get gradient pull-off assistance and reversing camera/distance sensors and the first demo units should be with franchises now (March 2017).

2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA
2017 NISSAN NAVARA. Image: Nissan SA
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