The new Nissan NP300 Navara has been designed to be versatile and cross over into other model classes. The tough load bed shows that it is a capable commercial vehicle, while settling into the cabin feels like you are slipping into a spacious hatchback.
The model’s exterior serves two purposes: assisting you in changing environments and attracting attention. A variety of chrome fixtures including the door handles, mirrors and front grille (from Acenta), are fitted for the latter, while alloy wheels from the same trim do both as they look great and improve the ride quality. Acenta+ comes with side steps to help you and passengers take their seat, and Tekna features roof rails that hold extra cargo.
Standard mudguards on the front and rear protect the body from debris that is kicked up by the wheels, and a guard frame on the Visia shields the cab, should any items move around on the loading bed.
It is clear that Nissan looked to its accomplished passenger cars when designing the vehicle’s cabin, which feels very unlike being inside a pick-up. You don’t need to stretch far to reach all of the main functions on the dashboard and centre console. The cloth seats feel comfortable even after hours of driving, and they are replaced by heated leather seats in the top-of-the-range Tekna. The Double-Cab gives the interior room for four passengers while up to three can be carried in the King-Cab. Behind the cabin is a deep load area measuring 1.78 metres long and 1.56 metres wide at its largest. The folding tailgate offers a few extra inches if you need to carry longer items, and load lashing hooks along each side help you to secure goods safely.
The combination of power and efficiency that is delivered by the pick-up’s two engines mean they suit motorists wanting ample muscle in the engine bay and those demanding high fuel economy.
Choose the Double-Cab style and either Acenta+, N-Connecta or Tekna trims if you want maximum pulling power. Their 2.3-litre dCi twin-turbo engine charges forward with 187bhp and 450Nm of torque. This is transferred through a part-time 4WD system by either seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Stay in two-wheel mode on the road to save fuel and switch to four-wheel drive when you need to navigate tricky terrain.
The lesser-powered version of the same engine produces 158bhp and 403Nm of torque which is more than enough for most tough tasks including towing. Both engines accelerate with energy, yet up to 44.9mpg combined can be achieved in the Visia King-Cab model.
The safety of all road users is of high importance to Nissan which is why the pick-up has a variety of its very latest innovations on board. One of them is Forward Emergency Braking (Double-Cab only) which recognises obstacles in front of the truck and either sounds a warning or applies the brakes automatically to avoid an incident. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) stops the wheels from spinning uncontrollably and also corrects oversteer or understeer which can cause you to leave the road. ABS maintains your ability to steer during emergency braking, and Hill Start Assist steadies the pick-up when you pull away on an incline. Hill Descent Control (4WD models only) allows you to smoothly climb down wet, muddy or icy slopes without skidding.
Other leading technology is at your fingertips in the form of the NissanConnect 2.0 touchscreen infotainment system (N-Connecta and Tekna only). Use it to programme directions to your destinations, access apps on your smartphone and search the web. An Around View Monitor in the Tekna even projects a virtual view of what is surrounding the pick-up onto the seven-inch display. Link your phone to the standard Bluetooth interface to receive a call hands-free and use the USB or auxiliary port to play music from an external device.
Make contact with South West Nissan in Wellington, Exeter, and Barnstaple to test drive the hard-working NP300 Navara. Enquire with us through the website, call when it is convenient or visit the dealership in person.