Argentina will produce the Renault Alaskan, Nissan Frontier and Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Nissan and the government of Cordoba, an Argentinian province, have announced a deal today. It will allow the plant of Santa Isabel to produce 3 new pick-ups: the new generation Frontier, the Renault Alaskan and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, also known today as GLT.

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The deal exempts Nissan from a great number of taxes in exchange for an investment of US$ 600 million. It will practically double the Santa Isabel plant. Nissan will produce 70,000 units of the 3 pick-ups every year there. Production is expected to begin by 2017, even if some say it cannot begin prior to 2018.

All the pick-ups will be based on the NP300 Frontier. It is 5.26 m long, 1.83 m wide, 1.82 m tall and has a wheelbase of 3.15 m. The engines for the Frontier and the Alaskan at the Santa Isabel plant will probably be a 2.5 turbodiesel that delivers 118 kW or 140 kW. They may also offer a 2.5 petrol engine that delivers 118 kW. The Mercedes-Benz model will offer engines produced by the German manufacturer. Probably the only Mercedes-Benz item in the whole vehicle, apart from the 3-point star on the front grille.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.