2015 NISSAN NAVARA
Another day, another new teaser of Nissan's upcoming 2015 Navara pickup. Today it's a glimpse of the new utility's cabin, shown here ahead of this week's unveiling.
The new model's dash design brings a fresh and more SUV-like look to the cabin, thanks in part to the family Nissan steering wheel and the modern centre display and switch layout.
As for the rest of the new pickup, expect to see styling cues from Nissan's wider line - particularly the new Pathfinder, X-Trail and Qashqai SUVs.
Earlier teasers have offered a look at the familiar broad grille design and squared-off headlights will feature. New LED daytime lights can also be seen.
Nissan has also highlights the torturous testing regime the new Navara has been put through, clocking up more than one million kilometres and enduring 40,000 quality tests.
The company remains tight-lipped on technical details, but the new Navara is expected to arrive with a lighter kerb weight than its predecessor, along with host of new safety and convenience technologies.
New powertrains should also feature, including a Cummins diesel engine as previewed by the Frontier DieselRunner concept that featured a 2.8 litre four-cylinder Cummins unit.
That Cummins diesel is similar to the one that powers the Foton Tunland ute, where it produces 120kW/360Nm and lists fuel use at 8.4 l/100km.
The YD series engine in the current D40 Navara uses 9.3L/100km and produces from 103kW/356Nm to 140kW/450Nm, depending on its state of tune.
A new global ladder-frame chassis will feature as a replacing the current model’s Titan chassis, and a more off-road capable 4WD SUV is expected to debut as a rival to Ford’s Everest and Holden’s Colorado 7 - among others.
The dimensions of the new Navara are not expected to change dramatically, and this teaser clip hints at similar proportions to the current model.
Nissan VP Andy Palmer has confirmed that the new generation Navara will built at Nissan’s new $360 million Thailand plant, with production expected to get underway later this year.
The new Navara has been a long time coming: along with the current Hilux and Triton, Nissan’s pickup is one of the oldest serving models on the market.
Each is around 10 years old and, importantly, all three will be replaced in the coming year to take on newer models like the Amarok, Ranger, BT-50 and Colorado.
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