Work hard, then play

New Nis­san Ice half-ton­ner bakkies are aimed at ar­ti­sans who like to re­lax too

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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-ton pick-up to have rolled off Nis­san’s Ross­lyn pro­duc­tion line to date. The new model 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.

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 16 an­chor points in the load bay.

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 fac­to­ry­fit­ted day-time 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 hands­free 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 air bags 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 SA’s best-selling half-ton pickup. 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 535 mm deep, its 800 kg pay­load and ad­di­tional 300 litres of stor­age space be­hind the seats make the NP200 a prac­ti­cal choice for buy­ers in this seg­ment.

The NP200 Ice is sold with a mas­sive six-year or 150 000 km war­ranty, which re­mains best in its class.

A ser­vice plan is op­tion­ally avail­able on pur­chase. — WR.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Looking cool with those 15-inch al­loy rims, a roll bar and trendy stick­ers, the lim­ited-edi­tion NP 200 Ice.

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