Nissan Australia has announced the arrival of an all new Navara to hit Australian shores in early 2015, however Nissan has been light on Aussie specs such as engines, transmission, safety rating and towing capacity.
Nissan said their design team focused on delivering a sportier and more emotional expression on the Navara, while maintaining Nissan’s distinctive design DNA.
The new Navara will run boomerang-shaped lighting with LED daytime running lights that Nissan said gives a prominent and distinctive impression along with chrome waistline mouldings and turn indicators mounted in the door mirrors.
The new dashboard features a gentle sweep from the centre panel to the door side and multiple dial while a large centre console with a full array of intuitive features that combine with steering wheel controls to enable easy and safe use while driving.
Andy Palmer, Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer said “The All-New Nissan NP300 Navara sets new benchmarks for performance, toughness, versatility and running costs; all the qualities that are critical for pickup users.”
Nissan reckon this is true off-roader stating t hat the new Navara’s chassis and suspension have been “engineered to take the punishment of intense daily usage”.
Other features cited are a reduced turning circle, shift-on-the-fly 4×4, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) system that helps improve 4×4 driving performance and safety, ABLS (Active Brake Limited Slip), HSA (Hill Start Assist) and HDC (Hill Descent Control).
There are rumours that they will not continue with the current Navara’s impressive turbo diesel V6 that punches out 170kW and 550Nm, however a range of engines will be on offer, including at least one diesel option.
It is also expected they will increase the sub-standard 3000kg towing capacity and 800kg payload.
Although the likes of the new Ranger, Amarok and BT-50 now outshine the relatively old D40 Navara, it was and still is a good truck and there are sure to be some bargains about in the leadup to the 2015 launch.
Other new utes coming in 2015 include the Triton and a new Hilux and its Fortuna sibling along with an updated Ranger.