Nissan Navara NP300 is respectable mid-size truck which belongs to the group of recently refreshed or redesigned models. Among the rivals like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok, Mitsubishi L200 and models like the Fiat Fullback, Renault Alaskan plus upcoming Mercedes truck, the Navara NP 300 has attributes which can compete with these trucks. It boasts great ride comfort combined with the high-power and efficient engine including also the SUV-like interior. Nissan is currently working on the Navara-based SUV which was spotted several times during the test drive but the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 should come soon as well.
New for 2018:
We don’t have many details about the upcoming Navara NP300 as Nissan hides its plans. However, considering that new Navara-based SUV will inherit much of truck’s styling including also its proven platform and running gear, it’s safe to assume that new Navara truck won’t go with the radical changes. In that context, this model will likely continue with pretty much some mechanics and design while changes should be seen in trim features. The special edition version or new styling package are also possibilities as it has become the popular trend among truckmakers.
2018 Nissan Navara NP300: Design
The third-generation Navara continues exploiting the previous generation platform but it underwent serious re-engineering which is also the case with model’s suspension system. This proven and tested platform is very flexible and is compatible with different suspension systems, engine types and wheelbase lengths. On its reputation also adds the fact that Renault Alaskan but also the Mercedes truck will exploit this architecture.
The styling of the new Navara NP300 won’t change much for the new model year. The new Navara-based SUV seems to have a very similar front end as the current pickup judging by the spy photos. So, we don’t expect much difference there. The model will have V-motion grille and nicely accentuated headlights combined with the sculpted front bumper. Nice hood creases and flared fenders will also add to model’s appearance.
On the other hand, the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 should do some cosmetic changes which could include new color options, new exterior theme and wheel design.
Inside the cabin, this truck will be comfortable and well isolated from the outer noise. It will also feature good visibility and supportive seats. Its dash is well-designed and there will be responsive touchscreen interface from the latest Nissan Connect infotainment system.
Buyer will also be able to upgrade the level of luxury and comfort with the power adjustable and heated seats, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, attractive trim inserts and more.
The safety should see some improvements by adding more of advanced systems but we will see what Nissan thinks about that. It now offers automatic headlights, vehicle dynamic control, forward emergency braking, and so on.
2018 Nissan Navara NP300: Powertrains
In the engine department, the new 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 will offer two diesel variants. The gasoline engine might be available in some lower specification.
The 2.3-liter twin-turbo dCi diesel engine will satisfy all your performance demands but will also be fuel efficient. This more powerful version will produce around 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque satisfying also Euro 6 emissions standards.
For the fuel economy conscious buyers, the single-turbo variant will provide around 160 hp but its fuel economy of up to 46.3 mpg pretending to the class top.
The engines will come in combination with either 6-speed manual which comes with standard sport/start technology or with a 7-speed automatic.
The decision will also be between the two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Expect the payload capacity of one ton and towing limit of 3, 500 kg.
2018 Nissan Navara NP300: Arrival, Price
We expect the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 late this year with price revolving close to the current range.