Last month, we learned that Nissan filed a patent for the name “Off Roader.” We took this as a strong hint that it won’t be long before they launch a model that will rival the Ford Ranger Raptor. Well apparently, we guessed it right, as Nissan had just launched the Navara Off Roader AT32 at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. In fact, the off roader looks like it is heady to go head to head with its American rival as well as other sporty pickup trucks. But there are some things that you should be aware of.
Nissan’s newest Off Roader AT32 was built together with Arctic Trucks, a company based in lceland that specializes in building hardcore 4WD vehicles that can be driven on any terrain. As you can see, the “AT” in the truck’s name comes from the company’s name while “32” is an indication of the performance pickup’s 32-inch tires that are wrapped around the 17-inch alloy rims, which the off road company had also designed. The tires that were installed on the pickup were specially chosen for excellent off- and on-road performance.
The Off Roader AT32 had also been given a custom suspension, which raises its ground clearance to 9.6 inches (24.3 centimeters), there is a noticeable difference considering that the regular Navara only had a ground clearance of 8.8 inches (22.3 centimeters). However, the said model is still 1.5 inches lower compared to the Ford Ranger Raptor.
What the Off Roader AT32 lacks in ground clearance is then compensated for by its 35-degree maximum approach angle, which is 2.5 degrees steeper than what the Ranger Raptor can achieve.
Up front is a front differential lock and a snorkel that can be added as options for customers who enjoy ultimate off-roading capability. The former works with the standard rear differential lock for added traction on different kinds of surfaces. The snorkel, on the other hand, will aid in the Off-Roader AT32’s wading depth. Another benefit is that it will improve engine protection against dust and water ingress. Other upgrades that can be added include bulging fender flares, as well as complete underside protection for key mechanical components.
Under the hood, we are guessing that the Off Roader AT32 remains with the same 2.3 liter biturbo diesel engine, because the automaker did not mention anything. It will then have an output of 188 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-metres) of torque. It is a little less powerful compared to its Ford Rival.
Like the regular Navaras, the new performance pickup will include Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.