Nissan developing new SUV based on 2015 Navara NP300

Article by Christian A., on July 30, 2014

According to the latest reports, Nissan is currently working on a new SUV based on the 2015 Navara NP300. The new model was confirmed by Nissan Navara Chief Engineer Takashi Fukui and will arrive next year.

Although he didn’t offer too many details, we expect the new SUV to use the new 2.5-liter DOHC in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 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.

A 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine will also be offered. Both engines come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the seven-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option.

Regarding the design, we expect the front end to be identical to the Navara NP300, while the rear end will be completely new. More details to be revealed!

By fusing Nissan's Crossover expertise with its eight decades of designing and producing robust pick-up trucks, the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara is all set to establish new standards in the one-ton pick-up sector.

The development brief for the all-new NP300 Navara was to further enhance its offered comfort and refinement while retaining its off-road ability, durability as well as loading capacity. Nissan had the all-new model underpinned by a robust and tough chassis that introduces an array of new engineering elements that should improve the NP300 Navara’s drivability and practicality.

Nissan designed the new NP300 Navara to offer a new level of refinement, comfort and quality similar to a car while bringing in new technologies otherwise not found in the pickup market. This was made possible by employing the same Crossover DNA that led to the production of landmark passenger cars like the Qashqai, X-Trail and Juke.

Nissan is offering the new NP300 Navara with a manufacturer’s warranty of five years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first – a testament to the credentials of the new pickup truck, while giving customers peace of mind.

Considered a vital element in the development of NP300 Navara is the task of enhancing its refinement while delivering a Crossover-style driving experience. To achieve this task without sacrificing truck’s off-road ability, Nissan developed an all-new coil-spring five-link rear suspension system for the Double Cab model. This new system is around 20 kg lighter than the previously employed leaf spring layout and is designed to dramatically enhance both ride comfort and handling.

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