Text: AutoIndustriya.com Team / Photos: Nissan Press, Komar Johari | posted June 11, 2014 15:07
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Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. has just conducted the reveal of the all new Nissan NP300 pickup; the new successor to the Navara pick up. The all-new Nissan NP300 is the latest generation of the brand's pick up; a lineage that has been around for 80 years and 12 generations.
In a press release, Nissan Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki says the starting point of designing the all-new pickup was to ensure customers not only have a vehicle that is reliable, but also modern and stylish.
“Our challenge this time was to figure out how to combine toughness with an attractive exterior design and a smart interior. The new Nissan NP300 is a car that expresses these three elements at the same time,” said Aoki.
Nissan worked to deliver a truck that it calls as 'tough and smart', featuring 'new levels of comfort, convenience and advanced technologies'. The design begins with what Nissan calls their signature 'V-motion' motif that flows from the grille and into the hood through to the fenders.
For models with 2.5-liter DOHC in-line 4-cylinder Diesel engine equipped with a new variable geometry turbo, it will be available in a 'high' boost trim capable of 190 PS @ 3600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm; and 'low' boost trim rated at 163 PS @ 3600 rpm, and 403 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. A 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder gas engine will also be available for selected markets. Engines will me mated to either a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Nissan claims a fuel economy improvement by as much as 11% over the previous model.
It also features VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) system which helps improve 4x4 driving performance and safety, along with ABLS (Active Brake Limited Slip), HSA (Hill Start Assist) and HDC (Hill Descent Control).
Nissan Corporate Vice President of Product Planning Keno Kato says one of the key aspects that the engineering team focused on was comfort.
“Customers today really need comfort, but comfort in any road condition, in any situation, that’s not so easy,” said Keno Kato, Nissan Corporate Vice President of Product Planning. “It was tested in various markets, various road conditions. Key for comfort is a comfortable interior, supported by zero-gravity seats”.
The NP300 will be introduced with many features that are a first in the one-tonne pickup segment such as LED headlamps, rear ventilation for passengers in the backseat as well as push button engine start key.
Check out Nissan's YouTube video on the new NP300 Navara below: