If you’ve always been a fan of the hard-working Nissan NP300, you’ll be thrilled to learn that the new flagship model of this tough and ready workhorse was recently unveiled at the 2018 NAMPO Agricultural show, much to the delight of Nissan enthusiasts from all over the Free State.
The newly released limited-edition version of the NP300 formed the centrepiece of the Nissan stand at the show and ticked all the must-have boxes of the farmers and Nissan dealers that service secluded and rural communities in the vicinity. Good going as well, since this iteration of the NP300 was specifically developed at the hand of feedback from these very communities themselves.
According to Nissan Africa marketing director Xavier Gobille the new model, aptly named the Rogue, is the brand’s response to the demand for a diesel-powered NP300 double cab with off-road capabilities. It will be rolled out in SA, Namibia and selected neighbouring countries as soon as July of this year.
DID YOU KNOW? The Free State Agricultural Union (VS Landbou) reports that the province has 7,515 farming units, the highest in South Africa. The province grows and harvests 26.4% of South Africa’s field crops and rears up to 15.9% of all its animals. As such, Free State farmers are responsible for 15% of South Africa’s gross agricultural income. No wonder they require hard-working bakkies!
So what can we expect in terms of performance? Die-hard Nissan fans will not be disappointed. The Rogue boasts a high-powered 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine that delivers a whopping 98kW at 3600 revs and 304 Nm at 2000 rpm. Just the thing for tough mountain passes, unrelenting gravel roads and unyielding terrain of all sorts.
But the new double cab wasn’t developed for the farming crowd alone – this Rouge is set to become the bakkie of choice for families and 4×4 enthusiasts who appreciate a few bells and whistles, as well as a budget-friendly price tag. According to Gobille, it is going to be one of the most affordable double cab 4x4s on the South African market. “It also features some creature comforts,” stated the marketing director, “including black alloy wheels, embroidered leather seats, special badging, as well as integrated connectivity and SatNav.”