The refreshed Nissan Navara hits ASEAN market with new twin-turbo diesel

Thailand gets first dibs
by Drei Laurel | Nov 30, 2020
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We’ve seen the Nissan Navara’s rugged new look, and now the company has revealed what the refreshed pickup will be packing under the hood, too.

The first dibs in Southeast Asia goes to Thailand, where the updated truck will come with a new 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel engine capable of 190hp at 3,750rpm and up to 450Nm of torque between 1,500 to 2,500rpm. Also available is a 2.3-liter turbodiesel with 163hp and 403Nm.

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If those figures look familiar, it’s because they're very similar to what’s currently available in the Philippine market. There’s a difference in displacement, though, as local units come with a 2.5-liter single-turbo YD25 diesel engine. This is available with either 187hp at 3,600rpm and 450Nm of torque at 2,000rpm or 161hp at 3,600rpm and 403Nm at 2,000rpm.

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Another difference worth bringing up is that the new Navara gets a leaf spring rear suspension, while units here still run on coil springs. This is what the Japanese carmaker was referring to when it mentioned a reinforced suspension setup and better payload capacity for the refreshed pickup.

Finally, the Navara now comes with more advanced safety features like a lane departure warning system, intelligent blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and emergency braking. The vehicle’s around-view monitor also features Moving Object Detection technology.

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Possible changes to the vehicle’s performance include improved fuel economy due to a lower-displacement engine, and probably some changes in ride quality on account of the suspension alterations. We’ll have to try the vehicle out, though, before coming to any conclusions.

So, are you looking forward to a local launch for the new Nissan Navara? Let us know if you would like to see the changes mentioned above brought over to the Philippine market.

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