THE new Nissan NP300 is available in two different models namely, the single and double cab. The new NP300 is more sophisticated, more comfortable, better finished and quieter, although it has always been more of a family off-roader than a real workhorse.
Developed jointly under the Renault/Nissan alliance, it retains the 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque of the older 2.5-litre engine, but is smoother, quieter and better balanced. It also meets Euro5 emissions regulation in favour of the Euro4-compliant 2.5-litre. The 4x2 models in the new Navara range, share the same engine but with a smaller twin-scroll turbo producing 120kW and 403Nm of torque. The new Navara gets an SUV-style five-link live-axle rear suspension on up-specced twin-cab models. Cab-chassis, two-wheel-drive and extended cab models, retain the leaf sprung rear.
The NP300 comes with a range of accessories such as tow bars, nudge bars, canopies, load area, liners, spare wheel locks, sports bars, side steps, bonnet and headlamp guards and carpet sets.
On the inside, the NP300 provides adjustable sliding front seats, zone-tinted windscreens, tinted glass and moulded mud-flaps, new durable felt roof lining, four-spoke steering wheel, door panel storage space, new dashboard layout with digital clock and odometer, dual trip-meters, dashboard glove box (on “S” and “SE” models), dual airbags (on “SE” models), low fuel warning light and a headlamp-warning buzzer.
The style, soft surfaces, brushed metal and deep piano-black of the centre-stack and dash is classier by a country mile than the current Navara. For quality feel, it’s a match for the Nissan Pathfinder. The feel of the multi-function leather-wrapped wheel, which, though only rake adjustable (not reach), is easily set for a comfortable driving position. The up-spec models are indicative of the standard of the interior finish we can expect across the range, the new Navara might have just now claimed the ‘best in class’ award.
The new Navara is much like a heavier duty 4WD SUV rivaling the Isuzu MU-X and Mitsubishi Challenger and a near match for the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.