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South Africa’s favourite half-tonne bakkie now cool as ICE

Rosslyn, South Africa, 26 October 2016  – Nissan South Africa has created a special ice-cool NP200 for bakkie-lovers seeking the perfect partner for their adventurous lifestyle, while allowing them to stand out from the crowd. The all-new Nissan NP200 ICE is the coolest half-tonne pick-up to have rolled off Nissan’s Rosslyn production line to date.

The Nissan NP200 ICE is available now in limited numbers across Nissan’s local dealer network from R191 900.

The new NP200 ICE is decked out in Nissan’s eye-catching Starling Blue or Bright Silver metallic paint finish. These two colours were chosen, not only for their popularity among NP200’s extensive colour palette, but also the way the special ICE decals, various brushed aluminium fittings and dark tinted windows are contrasted.

NP200 ICE front-top-comped

It is not only colour that makes Nissan’s latest bakkie stand out. All the aluminium features fitted to the NP200 ICE are uniquely created for this model. This includes the custom-designed 15” alloy wheels that are only available on the ICE model and the special aluminium nudge bar with a brushed finish.

The brushed treatment gives the nudge bar a distinctive textured look, uncommon on styling pieces and adding to the ICE’s ability to turn heads.

The NP200 ICE is also fitted with an aluminium sports bar, which has undergone the same, premium brushed treatment. As well as creating a sporty appearance, the sports bar adds additional functionality to the large load bay. This is especially true if you opt for the fitted motocross or mountain bike stand or want to tie down a couple of surf boards using the optional roll bar protector and standard sixteen anchor points in the load bay.

NP200 ICE backend

The bay is also rubberised as standard helping to protect against water corrosion, impact  and possible abrasive damage from certain loads. Nissan has also added a fitted tonneau cover, which is fastened by the popular side-rail method, and rear step plates fitted below the ICE decals on the rear bumper.

The NP200 ICE also features Nissan-approved dark tinted safety film. This treatment of the side and rear windows not only enhances the sporty look of the NP200 ICE, but it serves a functional purpose by protecting the driver and the passenger from potential smash-and-grab incidents.

Rounding off the comprehensive exterior updates are factory-fitted daytime running lights. This option is not available to any other NP200 model in production and it makes the NP200 ICE a highly sought-after addition to the pick-up range.

Inside the cabin, the NP200 ICE is equally unique. The special edition features eco combination leather upholstery and rubber carpets, which are easy to clean following those sporting escapades.

The luxury interior trim, combined with the special entertainment system, with hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming and a USB connection, makes the cabin a very inviting place to spend time.

Occupant safety is also well taken care of with two airbags and ABS brakes as part of the standard Nissan Safety Package.

In the engine bay the NP200 offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines. At R191 900, the 8V 1.6 litre petrol engine offers the most affordable entry into the NP200 range. This engine delivers 64 kW and 128 Nm of torque and uses only 8.1 litres of fuel per 100 km in a combined usage cycle.

The diesel option is fitted with Nissan’s acclaimed 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine, which delivers 63 kW and 200 Nm and uses only 5.3 litre per 100 km in a combined cycle. This model is available for R204 900.

The Nissan NP200 remains South Africa’s best-selling half-tonne pick-up. The model range offers buyers the most affordable entry into the bakkie market, while the size of the load bay – at 1.8 m long and 0.535 m deep – its 800 kg payload and additional 300 litres of storage space behind the seats make the NP200 the most practical choice for buyers in this segment.

The NP200 ICE is sold with a massive 6-year or 150 000 kilometre warranty, which remains best in its class. A service plan is optionally available on purchase.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa