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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Nissan unveils all-new Navara pickup in Bangkok

Nissan has officially revealed in Bangkok the pickup it first teased a week ago, and it's the NP300 Navara, the 12th generation of the Japanese carmaker’s pickup, "embodying a rich lineage with 80 years of global pickup truck know-how and legendary reliability."

According to Nissan executive design director Mamoru Aoki, the starting point in designing the all-new Navara was to ensure customers that not only is it reliable, but it's modern and stylish as well.

"Our challenge this time was to figure out how to combine toughness with an attractive exterior design and a smart interior," Aoki said. "The new Nissan NP300 is a car that expresses these three elements at the same time."

As we mentioned last week, the all-new pickup has Nissan’s signature V-motion grille up front, which flows into the hood and through the sculpted fenders. In addition, the Navara reportedly has many features that are a first in the one-ton pickup segment, like the LED headlamps, ventilation for rear-seat occupants, and a start/stop button.

Powertrain choices for the Navara are improved versions of its 2.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, which now puts out either 188hp/450Nm or 161hp/403Nm. Also available is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, although Nissan failed to disclose its power output. The carmaker also claims that fuel efficiency of the all-new Navara has improved over the previous model by 11%.

Transmission choices for the new Navara are either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic that "provides for low fuel consumption at slow speeds as well as better acceleration, expanded gear ratio for wider range of speeds, and smooth acceleration and shifting." Its off-road prowess is also guaranteed by its shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system, vehicle dynamic control system, active brake limited slip, hill start assist, and hill descent control.

"We are confident that the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara will go straight to the top of pickup buyers' shopping lists in all of the markets where we will sell it," said Nissan chief planning officer Andy Palmer. "Its combination of striking looks, efficient performance, robustness and durability will allow owners to work and play harder--enriching their daily lives. The NP300 Navara will continue the legacy of Nissan's long pickup history and, like all Nissan models, deliver excitement through innovation."

Do you think the all-new Navara has what it takes to match up with the likes of the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado? Watch the video at the bottom.

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