The second largest Japanese automaker has taken the wraps off the brand new Navara pickup truck, with styling enhancements, new powertrain and increased capabilities to head the pickup market.
The pickup truck has taken numerous design cues from its crossover siblings across the automaker’s offer, has bundled numerous new technologies such as NissanConnect, the Aroudn View Moniter and LED headlights.
The manufacturer warranty is of five years or 100,000 miles and completely new 2.3 litre dCi engine has two power options – 160 or 190 PS – and maximizes performances while lowering fuel consumption and emissions.
Playing in the one-tonne pick-up sector, the new NP300 Navara comes with Nissan’s 80-year-old experience in producing pickups.
The styling shows the Navara is primarily directed at the European market, with production on the Old Continent, and features the already characteristic V-motion grille and boomerang shaped LED daytime running lights to tie the model into the latest crop of autos from the Japanese manufacturer.
The front and side of the pickup jump away from the previous generation while the back ties into the legacy with an evolutionary approach. Load carrying and towing has been improved as well: payload ratings surge past the one tonne mark across the lineup and the towing capacity is of 3.5 tonnes. The new Double Cab has a 67 mm longer bed, reaching a total of 1,578 mm, meanwhile the King Cab’s load bed has a length of 1,788 mm.
The all-new NP300 Navara has been fitted with the brand new 2.3-litre dCi engine, claimed to be 24 percent more efficient than its predecessor.
The engine is delivered in two power stages – 160 and 190 PS (118 and 140 kW), with twin turbocharging technology for the flagship variant.
Transmission options include front or all-wheel drive and a standard six speed manual or seven speed automatic gearbox.
Technology features include the well known Around View Monitor, while safety and comfort items make the Navara look more akin to crossovers than pickups: cruise control, keyless entry, rear-view camera, Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Ride and handling has been improved thanks to a completely redesigned five-link rear suspension system for the Double Cab version, which is also saving 20 kgs compared to the previous layout. The King Cab comes with an upgraded leaf spring design for the rear axle, 7 kgs lighter and 3.1 percent more efficient when it comes to the rear wheel approach angle and road noise reduction.