Nissan is betting its success in the pick-up truck segment by launching the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara. A pick-up truck that carries on Nissan’s 80 year heritage in building trucks that are reliable, tough, and dependable for families or businesses to use.
Externally, the Nissan NP300 Navara aims not just to be a truck for, well, doing truck duties, they aim that the NP300 Navara is a truck that has been designed to do things in a special way, aiming to set the benchmark in technology, comfort, design, and refinement. Outside, features normally found on higher-end vehicles have made their way onto the NP300, such as the first LED Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights in its segment, and Nissan’s trademark V-Motion grille that makes it more elegant compared to its competition. Large 18-inch wheels, an integrated spoiler, and a rising beltline further emphasize its elegant yet tough and powerful character.
Inside, the NP300 aims to provide a premium feeling ambience to its occupants. For instance, rear aircon vents are standard on all variants, ensuring even the rear passengers receive ventilation. For more comfort on longer drives, Nissan’s proven Zero Gravity Seats inspired from NASA, is also equipped in this truck.
Nissan claims that this new NP300 is more refined, more economical, faster, and comfortable to be in, and it is in the comfortable area that they have their claim to fame. Whereas other trucks have a leaf spring rear suspension, the NP300 Navara has a 5-link Coil Spring rear suspension, and as we have experience in our MU-Xs, Trailblazers, and other SUVs that are truck based, the difference in ride quality is night and day.
Another benchmarking feature of the Nissan NP300 is its powertrain. The 2.5 liter DOHC inline-4 VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbocharged diesel engine is the most powerful 2.5 liter diesel in its class, producing 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. 4×2 variants make do with the same engine, but in a different state of tune, producing 163 hp and 403 Nm of torque. The powertrain’s claim to fame is its 7-Speed Automatic transmission, which is straight from the Nissan 370Z, however, gear ratios have been optimized for the fastest acceleration and fuel efficiency that best matches that NP300.
Nissan also aims to set the benchmark in interior equipment as well. Nissan’s Fine Vision instrument cluster is standard on all variants, which includes an LCD screen between the gauges with 3D graphics. Other class-leading features include a heavily-featured steering wheel with cruise control, Bluetooth and audio functions, a 5.0 inch color display with 6-CD changer, Bluetooth Audio and USB, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, and a Smart Key w/ Push Button Start.
The following are the [introductory] prices of the Nissan NP300 Navara. For complete specs, visit my partner website, The Ultimate Car Guide.
4×2 – P898,000 (MT)
4×2 Calibre – P938,000 (MT)
4×2 EL Calibre – P1,038,000 (MT)/P1,108,000 (AT)
4×4 EL – P1,256,000 (MT)
4×4 VL – P1,4210,000 (MT)/P1,490,000 (AT)