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Nissan NP200 Motoring Review

THE NISSAN NP200 bakkie is the spiritual successor to the legendary 1400 Nissan bakkie that was seen on every South African street during the 1980’s and 1990’s. In fact, the NP200 range picks-up where its predecessor left off and delivers on its promise to provide an affordable, hardworking half-ton bakkie for the South African market.

Launched back in 2008, the NP200 impressed Nissan fans with its load capacity, spritely engine and zippy attitude. Since 2011, fans are able to upgrade by choosing from safety features and comfort features package.With the launch of the NP200 bakkie upgrade program, Nissan became the first motor manufacturer in South Africa to offer an entry-level compact bakkie with two airbags.

Now, available in a limited edition, the locally-built and developed Nissan NP200 Loaded features a host of value-adding enhancements and special additions and will be available in a production run of 300 units only. The new NP200LOADED features distinctive and sporty upgrades.

The NP200 Loaded offers versatility and practicality witha maximum 800kg payload, a 1 2250 litres standard rubberized load box and specially designed tailgate that can handle 300kg. While still maintaining features from its predecessor such as glove box, door bins and two cup holders under the central console and storage space behind the seat.

On the interior, the NP200 features power steering, air-conditioning, and remote central locking from its predecessor, with new smart extras, such as full leather upholstery, front-loading CD/MP3/WMA/radio/USB/aux and Bluetooth-enabled audio system,  and special black carpets.

The exterior features stainless steel nudge-and sport bars, 15-inch rims, black roof rails, black tonneau cover and specially designed Nissan Concept alloy wheels completes the LOADED look. Loaded is available exclusively in white and features special branding that incorporates silver and red accents in the decals, carpets and seats.

Safety features of this new workhorse include ABS and EBD,which prevents wheels from locking, airbags, crumple zones from the previous NP200 which are engineered around impact resistance while the engine compartment is designed to stack up in frontal impact collisions and seatbelts.

It’s fitted with 1.6-litre petrol engine with a maximum output of 64kW. And the five-speed gearbox has short first three ratios makes load lugging easier.

All accessories have been specifically developed and approved for the NP200 LOADED and do not affect the vehicle’s standard and class-leasing six-year/ 150 000 km warranty. Totalling a value-add of 29%, the extras fitted to the Nissan NP200 LOADED represent exceptional value and unique appeal. According to Nissan, it would cost R25 000 for all the added extras, but it’s throwing it in for R17 250 over the base vehicle's R149 250.

 

 

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