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So long Nissan NP200 – Here are the bakkies you can buy instead

The Nissan NP200’s time has finally come to an end following a 16-year run on the market in South Africa.

The NP200 has been one of the country’s top-selling vehicles for years and for good reason, as it is the only compact bakkie left in its segment with a starting price of R245,300, making it a valuable tool for small businesses in need of a utility vehicle that won’t break the bank.

It is a single cab with a 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 64kW and 128Nm – enough to let it carry 800kg in the load bed or tow up to 650kg.

Gear changes are managed by a five-speed manual box, and its fuel consumption works out to an average of 8.1l/100km.

Despite its popularity, the vehicle’s aging design means that Nissan has ultimately decided to cease production at its Rosslyn facility in Gauteng, leaving South Africa with no obvious replacement.

Certain automakers have hinted at the possibility of an alternative model, but thus far none have come to fruition, meaning the segment will be empty for the foreseeable future.

Renault had previously announced its intention to launch the Duster-based Oroch in our market, but this has been put on hold as a consequence of the rand’s worsening exchange rate making it commercially unviable for the French carmaker to sell the vehicle at a competitive rate.

Fiat’s Strada is another possibility, but it will be some time before we get our hands on it as it is currently exclusive to left-hand-drive markets and won’t be getting a right-hand-drive version until the new generation is launched in 2025.

VW has suggested that it could potentially add a new production line for an affordable bakkie at its Eastern Cape factory, but the earliest that anyone would likely be able to buy one would be in 2026.

Getting the job done

The fact of the matter is that there are no “true” alternatives to the Nissan NP200 in South Africa right now, so motorists will have to choose one of the other single-cabs on the market for their utilitarian needs.

The entry-level Mahindra Pik Up is arguably the closest to the Nissan in terms of price and practicality, but the cost of other models can be quite a lot higher.

Case in point is the Nissan Navara, the other light commercial offering from the Japanese automaker, which goes for a minimum of R373,500.

Nevertheless, these are the single-cab bakkies you can consider as an alternative to the outgoing Nissan NP200.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.

Suzuki Super Carry 1.2

  • Starting price – R177,900
  • Power – 59kW/104Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.9l/100km
  • Load capacity – 750kg

Mahindra Pik Up 2.2CRDe single cab S4

  • Starting price – R269,699
  • Power – 103kW/320Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.7l/100km
  • Load capacity – 1,195kg

GWM Steed 5 2.0VGT single cab S

  • Starting price – R305,950
  • Power – 110kW/320Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.6l/100km
  • Load capacity – 1,005kg

Toyota Hilux 2.0 single cab S

  • Starting price – R361,700
  • Power – 102kW/183Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.0l/100km
  • Load capacity – 1,115kg

Isuzu D-Max Gen 6 250c single cab

  • Starting price – R362,700
  • Power – 58kW/176Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.9l/100km
  • Load capacity – 1,186kg

Nissan Navara 2.5 single cab XE

  • Starting price – R373,500
  • Power – 118kW/233Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 9.8l/100km
  • Load capacity – 1,065kg

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