New Nissan NP300 Navara at Frankfurt Motor Show: space, engine, gearbox, handling, equipment and style.
The Nissan NP300 Navara is more spacious, efficient and better equipped than its predecessor and makes its European début at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. This pick-up truck – its manufacturer claims - “sets a new benchmark” for the sector by combining the strengths of a pick-up with the refinement of a crossover class vehicle. The Double Cab version's load bed is 1,578mm long which is a sector best and 67mm more than the outgoing model. The King Cab's bed, in contrast, measures 1,788mm. Furthermore, payload is more than 1 tonne throughout the range and towing capacity is 3,500kg.
Engine And Gearbox
Power comes courtesy of a 2.3-litre diesel engine that comes in 160PS and 190PS form. The latter “introduces twin turbo-charging technology to the sector”. Details are sketchy this far from launch, but the manufacturer claims it is “up to 24%” more efficient than its predecessor and “the cleanest and most economical” in its class. It ”delivers exceptionally low running costs”, Nissan says. Furthermore, the NP300 Navara is available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission and 2 or 4-wheel-drive. Nissan claims its 4-wheel-drive system “builds on the strengths” of its predecessor and “delivers sure-footed traction”.
The NP300 Navara's handling and ride – compared to the outgoing vehicle - is improved via new, 5-link, rear suspension (Double Cab body only). This set-up is also 20kg lighter. The King Cab model, in contrast, has “substantially updated” leaf springs that reduce road noise and ensure the rear wheel approach angle is 3.1% greater.
The NP300 Navara has a wide range of equipment not traditionally associated with its class. Highlights include the around view monitor that provides a 360 degree, bird's eye, view of the surrounds to make parking easier. Images comes via a camera on each side of the vehicle and a colour screen. The NP300 – in some circumstances – also brakes automatically should its driver not respond to a hazard ahead such as a slowing vehicle. It also has cruise control (which automatically maintains speed), hill descent control (which prevents it picking-up to much speed on steep, off-road, slopes), keyless entry (for convenience) and parking sensors.
The NP300 Navara exterior is “designed and engineered for the specific requirements and preferences of the European market”, the manufacturer says. It incorporates “a mix of convex and concave surfaces for a dynamic and bold look” courtesy of the boomerang shape daytime running lights and prominent grille (among other things). The interior is new too. Nissan says that “every element of the cabin” is optimised to “provide the best possible quality, comfort, space and practicality for drivers and passengers.” The dashboard – in comparison to its predecessor - has a sculpted look to create a more open feel and the front seating is more ergonomic.
Ponz Pandikuthira, Director of Light Commercial Vehicles for Nissan Europe said: “Since we built our first Pick-Up in 1935, over 14 million customers in 180 countries around the globe have come to depend on Nissan pick-ups to transport their families, colleagues and cargo - sometimes in the toughest of circumstances. Nissan pick-ups have often been the lifeblood of their communities and a trusted work partner to businesses and tradespeople. Now in its 12th generation, we’ve harnessed this experience and our customer feedback to develop the new Nissan NP300 Navara which sets a new benchmark for performance, refinement, convenience and running costs in the sector.”