Yesterday Nissan debuted the 12th generation of its midsize global pickup truck, the 2015 NP300 Navara. The all-new exterior and redesigned interior is a huge leap forward for the NP300 as it competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and a host of other midsize work trucks in the highly competitive global market. From Asia to South America to the Middle East, the small global Nissan pickup is popular in just about every country, offering toughness at an economical price. This newest version attempts to inject some much-needed styling as well.
Whether this new Navara offers any hints about what the next Titan or Frontier will look like is anyone's guess, but many of the key assets and core values the design engineers speak about in the videos would play quite well in the U.S. market.
The new Navara will be offered with two engines (one gas, one turbo-diesel), with the TD engine offered in two power-rating configurations. The gas engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder, while the DOHC turbo-diesel is also same size, but its most powerful version offers 188 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 335 pounds-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. The new vehicle is said to get 11 percent better fuel economy than the vehicle it is replacing. The Navara will offer a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission with a ton of electronically controlled safety features like stability control, an active limited slip, hill descent and hill start assist.
To read the full press release, click here.
(Editor's note: Global vehicles have a different way of designating model years when compared to the U.S. so it has yet to be determined whether Nissan will be identifying this new NP300 as a 2015 entry.)