Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: CarPix for AutoIndustriya.com | posted September 12, 2016 22:37
Nissan caught testing pre-production Navara SUV
Here's something to be really excited about if you're in the market for an SUV in the near future.
Our spies have caught Nissan's test drivers doing some runs with an upcoming SUV, one that is based on the Nissan Navara pick-up.
This isn't the first time that we saw Nissan testing a potential Fortuner-fighter, but this is the first time that we spotted one with what could be a production body albeit with very heavy camouflaging to mask the shape.
Prior prototypes that our spies had photographed had very boxy bodies, indicating that they were very early in the design phase. This new sighting was of a prototype with a much more rounded body, indicating that they are further along in the development phase.
The model can be confused with other vehicles in Nissan's line up, but the 6-bolt pattern on the wheels indicate that this is based on the Navara and not the 5-bolt X-Trail or the much larger Patrol or Armada.
Two years ago, during the launch of the NP300 Navara in Thailand, we learned firsthand from Takashi Furui that Nissan was indeed working on an NP300-based SUV. Nissan even went so far as to develop a multi-link coil-spring rear suspension for the Navara, thereby giving it a very SUV-like ride.
Despite the camouflage, this SUV clearly has hints of Navara on it, and the size suggests an abundance of room for passengers and luggage in the back. Our spies told us that the prototype SUV has have horizontal LED taillights to give the Navara a wide look.
The yet-to-be-officially-named and announced Navara-based SUV is expected to be launched in 2017. When they do, Nissan may soon join the fray with the Fortuner, Montero, Everest, mu-X and Trailblazer