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.
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.