Nissan have now started the marketing campaign for their latest generation of the Navara pickup truck. Replacing the ageing predecessor that was face lifted in 2010, but runs all the way back to 2005, the new second generation brings huge improvements in ride comfort and drive-ability.
The NP300 Navara is the second generation within this pickups life cycle. Nissan are offering the vehicle in three variants; Double Cab, Extended Cab both with rear tubs, and a Chassis Cab, all are over the five meter mark in length, with height and width remaining virtually the same. A considerable improvement in the trucks turning circle has been achieved reducing it by nearly a meter.
Interior comfort has been improved with much better seating including lumbar and side support, better fabrics and improved rear bench that had been given a higher base level improving leg space for rear seated passengers. A new dash layout de-clutters and centralises most items around the display screen.
On a more technical level, in terms of engines, the Nissan NP300 Navara is encouraged by the new 2.3 liter dci engine replacing the 2.5 ltr.
The old power plant was offered with outputs of 144 and 190bhp, the 2016 engine is available with two outputs; a160bhp , equipped with a variable geometry turbo , and a 190bhp, twin-turbo version.
According to Nissan, this four-cylinder, long stroke common rail direct injection engine, is 24% more efficient and economical than the replaced 2.5 dci.
Production is now in full swing at the Spanish Franca factory in Barcelona.
It is thanks to the designers at Barcelona who have had considerable improvement input to the European model by reducing noise, vibration and drag (down by 3.6%), making the new Navara a serious competitor in the thriving European pick up market.