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The little Nissan 1400 was more than just a bakkie to its owner. It was the urban man’s link to his rugged origins and the symbol of his manhood. Since Nissan stopped making the nimble 1400, the ones left which are still in good condition are almost considered collectors’ items and are highly prized by their owners. Through these little urban warriors Nissan built for itself a reputation for reliability and quality.

But like with any old trusty workhorse, it had to be retired and along came the NP 200 to take its place. It took its place alongside Nissan’s other new success stories like the popular Navara double cab. To get the obvious question out of the way: NP 200 simply means Nissan Pickup with GVM 2000 kg. Its actual gross vehicle mass is 1890kg. Aimed, like its predecessor, at small businesses and young buyers wanting a good looking and practical lifestyle vehicle, the NP 200 is basically a ‘half tonner’ but is certified to carry up to 800kg.

There’s two engines available; The multipoint fuel injected 1.6l petrol engine develops 64kW at 5500rpm and 128Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. The lower three ratios in the five speed box are geared for pulling power and acceleration, while the upper two are for refinement and economy. Then there’s an ultra-frugal 1.5-litre turbo-diesel which delivers 63kW and 200Nm.

Standard features include power steering, rubberized load box with protective trim on the upper rails and eight lashing points, bucket seats with cloth upholstery and height adjustable headrests, body colored bumpers with a step on the rear and a rev counter. A radio system is available as an optional extra. Wiring and aerial are already in place – just add your choice of sound equipment.

Seventy-three percent of half tonners are used as basic business vehicles or entry-level lifestylers. As such, this new pickup is hard to beat. The NP200 comes with a six-year/150 000km warranty and the buyer has the option to include a service plan into the deal, or not.

Available on order from Imperial Nissan Zululand.

Contact Darrell Rowe on 035 787 8600

  AUTHOR
Wannita Smith

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