Ladies and gentlemen, this is the all-new 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara, company’s 12th generation pickup that promises to bring a new level of comfort as well as advanced technologies. According to Nissan, the 2015 Navara will be available with a wide range of body types and powertrain options.
As a result, we will see narrow- and wide-body type, king and double cab models, as well as all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive types. The new design is dominated by the company’s “V-motion” motif that flows from the front grille into the hood through to the front fender.
In addition, the 2015 Navara comes with boomerang shaped lightning signature created by the LED daytime running lights. Moreover, the visual spice is completed by the chrome waist line moldings and turn indicators mounted in the door mirrors.
The new color choices, Savannah Yellow and The Eearth Bronze, are designed to complete the unique character. The interior is also new and features a stylish dashboard with 3-dimensional rich sections, aluminum-like finish on the center cluster and console.
Furthermore, the dashboard comes fitted with multiple easy-to-read dials as well as a large center console with a full array of intuitive features that combine with steering wheel controls to enable safe driving. Nissan added high-resolution color TFT instrument displays that offer access to navigation, fuel economy indicator and audio track as well as radio content.
Under the hood, we find a new 2.5-liter DOHC in-line 4-cylinder Diesel engine that delivers 163 hp (120 kW) and 403 Nm (297 lb-ft) of torque, or 190 hp (140 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. Comparing it to the previous model, the new Navara is 11% more fuel-efficient.
Nissan also offers a 2.5-liter in-line 4-cyinder petrol engine. Both engines are offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Despite the wide selection of technology already fitted in the NP300 Navara, this is augmented even further with the addition of the Hill Descent Control, or HDC, as a standard feature.
To activate this, all that needs to be done is pressing the button positioned on the center console of the four wheel models. Once that is done, the system utilizes a network of sensors in order to detect any traction and wheel slip. By automatically maintaining the brake pressure and speed, it results in a more controlled descent. Drivers therefore can increase the speed, even when going down, by simply gently pressing the accelerator.
Another well-known feature is the Hill Start Assist, or HSA, whose use Nissan has long initiated in its crossover models. The brand made sure to adapt this system in order to meet the load carrying ability and specific requirements of the NP300 Navara. This same system can give drivers even greater piece of mind, even those that tow heavy trailers.
What the HSA does it to make sure that the brakes are applied in order to ensure that the vehicle is prevented from rolling backwards on a slope, especially when starting to go up an incline. The brakes are then disengaged immediately after 2-3 seconds. Nissan’s new NP300 Navara is capable not only on the road but even off-road, a quality that customers have long come to expect from the brand.
By building on the previous generation’s strengths, the four-wheel drive system is able to offer surefooted traction even over rough terrain. The system can be electronically engaged, as well as disengaged, through a rotary button positioned on the dashboard. Drivers who want to experience excellent handling and economy can opt to have the 2WD mode when on the road.
Under off-road conditions, drivers can choose the 4HI even when running at speeds of 100 km/h. As if to put more focus on the off-road qualities of the NP300 Navara, this facility can now be triggered even on low range.
This system was designed to make sure that the model would be able to go up slippery and steep inclines. Under the 4LO settings, it allows for more torque at the wheels. Should the driver encounter any tricky off-road situations, a good feature to have would be the mechanical diff-lock.