Nissan's New Navara NP300 Pickup Truck Is The Strong & Stylish Type
The new Nissan Navara pickup truck was just unveiled in Thailand, where the smooth-looking hauler will be made at a just-built production plant in Samut Prakan. Available in King Cab and Double Cab configurations, Nissan's latest entry in the pickup wars is a winner if looks and specs are any indication.
The June 11th, 2014 debut of the updated D23-series Navara (the Navara is marketed in North America as the Frontier) underscores the ongoing shift by Japanese manufacturers away from China and into “upcoming” southeast Asian nations such as Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The new $360 million plant in Samut Prakan, Thailand has tooled-up for full production of the D23-series pickups this July with the first deliveries beginning in August.
As for the new, 12th generation Navara NP300, we're visually highlighting the two-door King Cab version here though the Double Cab (above) is no slouch by any means. Both fall into the mid-size pickup truck category and feature a front-engine / rear-wheel drive layout with a choice of FWD or 4WD.
Power comes from an updated version of the reliable 2.5-liter, inline four-banger familiar to Frontier owners. Fueled by gasoline, the engine currently produces 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque but Nissan's tweaking should boost those figures to around 200 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque.
Diesel junkies will opt for a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 188 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The interior retains its familiar Nissan look though don't let the RHD setup throw you – the Navara will initially be sold in non-North American markets. Even so, the clean and uncluttered dash bodes well for the future Frontier that will certainly be coming our way and techno-truckers will appreciate the TFT screen positioned in the center of the gauge cluster.
The sculpted body design by Nissan's own Mamoru Aoki speaks for itself, providing a visual link to other Nissan products while still remaining true to its Hardbody roots. The only question remaining is whether American pickup buyers can wait until the expected 2015 Nissan Frontier arrives on these shores... we're thinking it'll be well worth the wait. (via Impress Watch and Top Speed)