The new Interstar, which Nissan says has the biggest volume in its class, is powered by a common rail turbo diesel engine coupled to a six-speed gearbox, offering outstanding performance and fuel economy.
"The Interstar is a high performance stylish tool for efficient delivery that provides peace of mind reliability and highly competitive cost of ownership," says Gerhard Fourie, Nissan SA general manager for product marketing.
Some of the outstanding features include top safety items such as ABS and air bag protection, 3-point inertia seat belts for the driver and both occupants of the front twin bench seat, head rests for all occupants and standard air conditioning.
Nissan says Interstar has the biggest cargo volume in this segment, combined with a low and flat cabin floor and large cargo doors (standard-sized palates can be loaded directly into the vehicle by forklift), while the rear doors can open up to an angle of 270 degrees.
Two models will be available from October - the standard roof medium wheelbase and the high roof long wheelbase, offering capacity of 10.8 cu. metres and 13.9 cu. metres respectively.
The cargo interior height of 1.9m and 2.1m makes it possible to stand up inside and move around freely.
Cargo can be stacked from the floor to the roof, held in place using cargo nets anchored to any combination of up to eight cargo anchor points.
The load floor has an anti-skid rubberised coating to prevent cargo from gliding around during transport.
The cabin itself boasts alarge interior space, a dash-mounted gear lever allowing more legroom for the driver and passenger in the middle seat, and easy-to-reach controls.
Air conditioning is standard and a fully adjustable driver's seat which has integrated arm rests than can be folded down for long-distance comfort, or completely out of the way for easy access.
There's ample storage space for maps, delivery notes, route schedules and cold drinks, and there are panoramic side mirrors.
A full metal bulkhead is fitted between the cockpit and the cargo area.
The vehicle is available in no fewer than 10 colours, including two metallics.
Styling features include dual optic headlamps, a large windscreen, body coloured grille with chromed Nissan logo and side, and rear and wheel arch protection mouldings.
A high-mounted brake light complements the tail tower lights on the rear corners.
Service intervals are 15 000 km with a 3 year /100 000 km warranty.
"The new Nissan Interstar offers a powerful engine with outstanding performance, a refreshed look with Nissan personality, top-of-the-class cargo area features such as the biggest volume payload in its segment, and an ultra-long range thanks to its frugal fuel consumption combined with its massive 100-litre fuel tank," says Francois van Eeden, Nissan SA senior manager for light commercial vehicle marketing.
- Interstar 2.5 dCi Standard Roof Medium Wheelbase R218 608
- Interstar 2.5 dCi High Roof Long Wheelbase R255 259.