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Nissan's bakkie now fully 'Loaded'

2014-05-20 08:40

PIMPED OUT : Nissan South Africa has launched a limited edition version of its NP200 bakkie. Image: Nissan

  • Eye-catching, distinctive, sporty upgrades
  • Limited availability = exclusivity
  • Still versatile, reliable and VFM

ROSSLYN, South Africa - Nissan's NP200 half-ton bakkie is now available as a limited edition with, the maker says, R25 000 of "extras".

It's called the Nissan NP200 Loaded and the 300 units will be sold only in South Africa to, the automaker says, "enhance its lifestyle and sports appeal with visual upgrades".

The payload is still 800kg in the rubberised 1250-litre load box with the drop-down tailgate capable of carrying another 300kg. "Personal use," Nissan claims, "is enhanced by a spacious cabin with numerous storage spaces... it's a practical and comfortable lifestyle vehicle."

'SA'S FAVOURITE'

The 1.6 petrol engine is capable of 64kW/128Nm and the five-speed gearbox has short first three ratios to move a heavy load - or to take off smartly when it's just you, a friend and perhaps a couple of surfboards.

Nissan SA product manager Isa Giunta comments: "The Nissan NP200 has class-leading specification, high quality levels and a tough personality. More than 63 000 NP200 units have been sold in South Africa - it's SA's favourite half-ton bakkie."

The NP200 Loaded has full leather upholstery, a front-loading Bluetooth CD/MP3/WMA/radio/USB/aux audio system, black carpets, remote-controlled central locking, aircon, anti-lock brakes and two air bags, stainless-steel nudge and sport bars, black roof rails, a black tonneau cover and alloy 15" rims shod with 185/65 x R 15 tyres.

It comes exclusively in white with "Loaded" branding: silver and red accents in the decals, carpets and seats and the bakkie carries the same six-year or 150 000km warranty as its sisters that are un-Loaded.

Nissan says the value-add is 29% (or R25 000) though the retail price is said to be below that of the standard bakkie + the extras.

PRICE
Nissan NP200 1.6 Loaded - R166 500 (inc VAT).

OTHER MODELS
1.6 8V Base Model - R129 950
1.6 8V with Aircon - R141 550
1.6 8V with Aircon + safety pack - R147 650
1.6 16V with dual airbags - R161 250
1.6 16V (High Spec / 'SE') - R187 200
1.5 dCi (High Spec / 'SE') - R212 300
1.5dCi with air con + safety pack - R191 500
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