A special Nissan Navara variant gets an upgrade in other markets

We’re still wishing we had this here in the Philippines
by Leandre Grecia | Jan 28, 2020
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Back in late 2018, our very own news editor, Drei Laurel, went to Morocco to try out Nissan’s trucks across the Sahara Desert. During that drive, he was able to get behind the wheel of the Europe-exclusive Navara AT32, an off-road machine built in partnership with off-road experts Arctic Trucks. Fast forward to 2020, and Nissan has given the “toughest Navara ever” some minor upgrades.

“The Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 was a sell-out success and proved incredibly popular with adventurers seeking elegance and toughness,” said Nissan Europe general manager for LCV sales and business development Manuel Burdiel. “We have upgraded the Off-Roader AT32 so it can maintain its position as the ultimate Navara while bringing new efficiency and becoming fully WLTP compliant. It’s the perfect blend of in-car technology, comfort and extreme off-road performance.”

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While the refreshed Off-Roader AT32 sees no changes under its hood, it does features some slight changes that improve its drivability and efficiency without compromising its off-road capabilities. For starters, the truck’s underbody shielding is now built with lightweight aluminum, and the shielding’s improved shape ensures better protection of the components underneath.

The AT32 is fitted with bespoke all-terrain wheel arch extensions that house the special satin black alloy wheels. These wheels—which feature dual valves for faster and accurate tire pressure adjustments when shifting terrains—are wrapped in new 31.6-inch Nokian tires for better fuel economy and emissions, as well as improved on-road handling. An optimized all-terrain Bilstein performance suspension is fitted underneath.

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This Navara boasts a few safety and driver-assist tech, too, carrying them over from the N-Guard model it was based on. These include hill start assist, hill descent control, intelligent emergency braking, and an intelligent around view monitor. Meanwhile, an electronic lock for the front differential and an air intake snorkel that ups the truck’s maximum wading depth to 800mm are also available as added goodies.

Like we said, the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 will only be available across Europe, but would you go for this setup if it were sold here in the Philippines? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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