2015 NAVARA REVEALED
Nissan has at last lifted the lid on its all-new Navara pickup, replacing a pair that have been on sale since 1997 and 2004 respectively.
Due for an Australian launch in early 2015, the new ‘D23’ Navara makes its debut today in Thailand after months of speculation, teasers and leaked images.
As expected, the new pickup picks up key styling cues from the latest Nissan line-up, while maintaining a workhorse look that evolves the design of the outgoing Navara.
Nissan’s wide and open grille design dominates the front, flanked by LED-trimmed headlights and a curving front bumper design.
The look is designed around Nissan’s ‘V-motion’ language - showcased to even greater effect in the new X-Trail and Qashqai - flowing from the grille through to the headlights and along the front fenders.
The design through the profile and rear is familiar fare of course, with flared guards, a tall belt-line and a conventional tub design at the back.
Inside we see a fresh and more SUV-like look, thanks in part to the family Nissan steering wheel and the modern centre display and switch layout.
The model shown here features a large centre display surrounded by gloss black, satin silver and chrome highlights, but we might expect entry-level models to get a simplified interface and less premium-look materials.
Steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control and leather-trimmed seats round out the standout interior features.
Built on a new global ladder chassis, the 2015 Navara range will include narrow and wide body types, king and double cab models, matched to four- and two-wheel-drive configurations.
Full mechanical details of the new Navara are still to come, but Nissan stresses that its latest pickup is built on a high-strength chassis and suspension package, “engineered to take the punishment of intense daily usage”.
"The Nissan design team focused on delivering a sportier and more emotional expression on the Navara, while maintaining Nissan’s distinctive design DNA," the company said in a statement today. (We’d expect them to say nothing less… - Ed.)
It is also known that the new D23 is around the same size as the outgoing D40, meaning a total length for the dual-cab model of around 5300mm.
And while the outgoing model is among the heaviest in its segment, Nissan says the new Navara will bring significant weight savings.
The new Navara will also offer shift-on-the-fly 4x4 driving that can be engaged while the vehicle is in motion.
Standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control, Active Brake Limited Slip, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Nissan has yes to confirm powertrain options for the new Navara, but it is believed that a Cummins diesel engine will feature - expected to be a version of the 120kW/360Nm 2.8 litre unit offered with the Foton Tunland.
The new Navara will be sourced from Thailand, where Nissan has built a new facility in Samut Prakarn with a production capacity of around 75,000 units per year. Nissan’s existing Thailand facilities increase that number to around 370,000 per year.
In Australia, the new Navara will go up against a familiar spread of rivals: the popular Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi Triton (both due for replacement in the coming year), along with the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max, Holden Colorado and Volkswagen Amarok.
Reports also suggest we could soon see a rugged new 4WD SUV built off the new Navara, making it a spiritual successor to the previous Pathfinder which has gone ‘soft’ in its new incarnation.
Watch for more details - and news of Australian specifications - to appear in the coming months.
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