- Cool colours, extra cabin goodies
- Choice of petrol or diesel power
- Special and unique aluminium bits
Want to chill in a ready-made tricked-out brand-new bakkie? Nissan SA figured you might so has created an International Cruiser Executive version of its NP200 baby truck with a choice of petrol or diesel power.
The Corner quite likes the fancy name, which Nissan hasn’t actually used but might have done if they’d thought of it first. We’re actually unaware of what ICE, it’s actual badging, stands for, but Nissan tells us the mini-truck is “the coolest half-ton pick-up yet off Nissan’s Rosslyn production line”.
Not so cool is the pricing – from R192 000. Standard NP200 bakkie prices start at R160 000.
The ICE has either a Starling Blue (named for a shiny-plumaged bird) or Bright Silver metallic paint finish which, The Corner was told, were selected “not only for their popularity but also for how they contrast with the ICE decals, brushed aluminium fittings and dark-tinted windows”.
The tint film also gives some protection from robot raiders.
The aluminium features are unique to the ICE: 15” alloy wheel rims and nudge bar and load-bed ‘sport’ bar. A motocross motorcycle or mountain-bike stand are options or you can tie down your surfboards using any of 16 anchor points (bungee cords not included).
The bay is rubberised against corrosion, impact and abrasion and a side-rail box cover and rear steps plates come with the package
Daytime running lights are unique to this NP200.
The cabin is pretty fancy… leather upholstery and easy-to-clean carpets, an entertainment system with hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, and a USB connection.
The bakkies have two crash bags and anti-lock brakes and there’s a choice of petrol or diesel engine: for R191 900 you’ll get a 1.6-litre petrol engine capable of 64kW / 128Nm rated for 8.1 litres/100km or, for R204 900, a 1.5-litre turbodiesel worthy of 63kW / 200Nm and 5.3 litres/100km.
There’s 300 litres of storage space behind the seats and the bakkie is rated for an 800kg load.
The NP200 ICE is sold with a six-year or 150 000km warranty which, Nissan says, is “best in class”. A service plan can be added to the purchase price.
2016 Nissan NP200 ICE. Image: Nissan SA / Motorpress