Earlier this year, our test drive editor Jason dela Cruz went to Thailand to drive the all-new Nissan Navara, after which he enumerated "10 facts about the new pickup." We recently returned to Thailand to get to know the new Navara more intimately by touring its assembly line as guests of Nissan Philippines. Prior to the tour, we were given a rundown of the features to expect from the pickup, some of which are first in the segment, prompting some to attach the term "game-changer" to the latest Navara.
Well, we've listed the features here--some of which are for the top-spec'd variants--and we leave it up to you to judge if the all-new Nissan pickup really deserves the "game-changer" tag.
1. LED projector headlights and daytime running lights with auto on/off feature;
2. 2.5-liter YD25DDTi engine rated at 190hp and 450Nm;
3. Seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode;
4. TFT 3D-type meter;
5. Rear air vent for rear-seat passengers, with floor-mounted cupholders;
6. Nissan's Intelligent key system with push start/stop button;
7. Rear spoiler;
8. Rear-view camera;
9. Dual-zone air-conditioning system;
10. Eight-way power driver's seat; and
11. Multifunction steering wheel, with audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls.
One feature the Thai-market Navara has that won't make it to the Philippine-market version is the navigation system. On the other hand, most local-market units will come with multilink coil-spring rear suspension, with only the base units (specifically those intended to function as workhorses) being equipped with conventional leaf-spring rear suspension.
So, do you think the all-new Nissan Navara is a game-changer?
Photos by Patrick Everett Tadeo