In 1987, Nissan released a new pickup without a real name. It was simply called "pickup," but it is commonly referred to as the "Hardbody." The 1997 model year was the last for the Hardbody, as the Frontier replaced it in 1998.
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The 1997 Nissan Hardbody had only one engine available, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder. This 12-valve, SOHC engine produced 134 horsepower at 5,200rpm and 154 foot-pounds of torque at 3,600rpm.
The 1997 Hardbody came in both rear-drive and four-wheel-drive. The four-wheel-drive models came fitted with a five-speed manual transmission, no automatic was available. The rear-wheel-drive models came standard with a five-speed manual and had an optional four-speed automatic.
The four-wheel-drive-equipped Hardbody was rated 17mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway. The rear-wheel-drive models were rated 19 to 21mpg in the city and 23 to 25mpg on the highway. All 1997 Hardbodys had a 15.9-gallon fuel tank.
Though they were compact trucks, the 1997 Hardbody could still be used for some hauling. It had a maximum towing capacity of 1588kg. and a maximum payload capacity -- most weight the chassis could bear -- of 6.35kg.
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