Nissan provides first details of all-new Nissan Navara ute.
A new generation of Nissan’s chisel-jawed ute, the Navara has been unveiled in Thailand. The 12th generation Navara, also known by the model name Nissan Navara NP300, will be offered in a variety of body styles, power train options, two and four wheel drive.
Most notably, considerable emphasis has been placed on the Nissan Navara’s interior and exterior styling. The exterior appears to be an evolution on the long-serving D40, while adopting Nissan’s latest design language, including LEDs incorporated into the headlights and turn repeaters on the wing mirrors along with chrome highlights.
Inside, it is evident that Nissan has worked to make the Navara more car like, with the cabin formed from softer, flowing lines and higher quality fittings that are reminiscent of those found in the Murano premium SUV.
Nissan’s more upmarket approach could hint at the brand’s intentions of targeting both customers who intend to use their Navara for work and those who are increasingly buying higher-spec models as all purpose vehicles. Such refinements could-in theory-bring the Navara closer to rivals such as the polished Volkswagen Amarok and the popular Ford Ranger.
Don’t go thinking the Navara has become all soft and squidgy, though. Nissan insists that the new truck has been engineered to cope with the rigours of heavy loads and the tray area has been designed for easier loading and unloading.
The driving experience has also been enhanced with Shift-on-the-fly 4×4, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Active Brake Limited Slip, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, which boost performance off the beaten track as well as safety.
Specifications and pricing for Australian models will be announced closer to local launch.