This week, just one year on from its debut in Thailand where it’s built, Nissan released their new Navara NP300 ‘D23’ Pick-up to the Australian market. A sleeker silhouette and front end, hints at Nissan’s promise for improved comforts and practicality in this replacement for the current models D40 and D22. The new Navara D23 is chasing the Toyota’s Hilux crown of best selling ‘ute’ in ‘Ozland’ with higher ground clearance, larger load bed and a build range of over twenty options to suit everyone.
Priced from £14k to 30k, model choices will include the DX, RX, ST and the top of the range ST-X all available in rear and AWD drive options. Choose from three diesel engines 3ltr 230bhp and two 2.5 diesels with 144 or 190bhp and of course manual or automatic gear transmissions. This gives the D23 a towing capacity of between 2.7 and 3 tonnes and a payload of up to 1,200kg.
Nissan are planning a staged release program, first issue introduced this week is a tubbed dual-cab model with a five-link rear suspension setup. Other models the single cab, dual cab and king cab will be released later this year with the usual leaf spring suspension. As yet dates for global release are not confirmed.