Now this is something you don’t see very often! Fresh off the boat from the Land of the Rising Sun is the Nissan Clipper – a three-cylinder commercial kei truck, a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Minicab. Kei of course, is JDM-speak for anything micro. With an overall length of 3,395 mm, it’s a full 560 mm shorter than the Honda Jazz and over 200 mm narrower than the B-segment hatch!

At its heart rests a 3G83 660 cc three-pot, producing 48 hp at 5,250 rpm and 62 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Drive is exclusively channeled to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. It’s a strict two-seater and has a maximum allowable payload of 2,000 kg.

This particular commercial kei truck rides on 12-inch wheels (try getting a replacement tyre for that!) and is void of all creature comforts a modern car buyer expects. It gets manual air-con control, Japan-spec radio head unit, a simplistic instrument cluster with a central speedometer and a fuel and temperature gauge on each side, as well as manually-adjustable wing mirrors.

Six variants of the Clipper will be offered, from the entry-level steel body, wooden cargo, luton box (extended over-cab box), mobile food truck and pasar malam luton. Prices start from RM30,000 to RM50,000, and it can only be purchased as a company-registered vehicle. All reconditioned units of the Clipper come with a three-month or 5,000 km warranty coverage.

For an up close and personal look at the Clipper, you may visit Combine Motor, located in One Selayang, Batu Caves.