Bothaville, Free State - the centrepiece of the Nissan stand at the Nampo Agricultural Show in Bothaville, from 15-18 May, is this new special-edition version of its long-running NP300 workhorse.

It’s the first NP300 double-cab 4x4 derivative with Nissan’s equally well-established 2.5-litre turbodiesel four, rated for a conservative 98kW at 3600 revs and 304Nm at 2000rpm.

Nissan Africa marketing director Xavier Gobille explained: “The new Nissan NP300 Rogue was created in response to feedback from farmers and dealers in rural communities on the need for an off-road capable diesel-powered NP300 double cab, and will be released in South Africa, Namibia and other neighbouring countries in July 2018.”

The new NP300 flagship comes with black alloy wheels, special badging, as seen in the picture, black-embroidered leather seats, special plush floor-mats, an upgraded audio system with integrated Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation.

The new model was asked for by farmers,” said Gobille, “but it will also be ideal for budget-conscious families and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s not a stripped-down bakkie, but it will be one of the most affordable 4x4 double cabs on the market.”

That we’ll have to take under advisement - the Rogue is so new that the show car you see here went straight from the paint shop onto a trailer to be taken to Bothaville, which is where the pictures were taken by a Nissan staffer.

As soon as the Nissan marketing mavens decide on pricing, you’ll see it here.

IOL Motoring