When we say pickup trucks, it’s inevitable that our first thought would be one that treads the unbeaten path. It’s the reason they’re so popular anyways. Lately though, brands have been pushing them towards the more upmarket end of the spectrum by using more refined materials and better amenities. Nissan went beyond that in the latest Navara and put in a slew of safety tech that you will definitely appreciate. Can’t see the total picture? Let me break it down for you.
It all starts with the rugged appeal of the Navara. Its huge grille and big wheel arcs result in a very imposing stance. This is further emphasized with the Quad LED Projector Headlights Upfront. What’s nice about it is it’s available for most variants giving the Navara a unified appearance across the lineup. This is complemented by its capability courtesy of a 2.5-Liter Engine that puts out 190 PS and 450 Nm of Torque, paired with 7-Speed Automatic with Manual Mode and/or 6-Speed Manual Transmission. Those who will opt for the 4×4 drivetrain will have a Shift-on-the-Fly System so you can change your desired setting without totally stopping. And if you’re wondering how much it can haul, it’s rated to withstand 1 ton payload.
What makes the Navara standout is despite this rugged look and capability, it’s not rough to the body. It already has a reputation for having a very comfortable ride even without load on the pickup bed or additional passengers thanks to its rear multi-link suspension system. Nissan made the drive even better by utilizing Zero Gravity front seats across all variants, that’s 8-way powered for the driver for VL trims and above. Now, even long drives to Zambales will not be an issue even if you don’t have a second driver.
Every drive is a cinch thanks to its slew of tech inside. There are USB ports and power sockets on both ends of the cabin, so you can charge your devices no matter how long your journey is.
At the center of the dash is an 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (VE variants and up) that makes connecting to your phone and using navigation apps a breeze.
A dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents is also available for most variants (VE variants and up) making the whole cabin “Nissan-cool” as the legends say.
As I said earlier, Nissan put a lot of emphasis on safety for the latest Navara. It comes standard with 6 Airbags, Speed Sensing Door Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, 4-Wheel Active Brake Limited Slip, Trailer Stability Assist, Parking Sensors, and Hill Start Assist.
Not satisfied with the basics, they went ahead and put their Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite in the Navara. This is a large array of features that you can use on and off-road, highways, inside the city, or even during a grocery run. Included in this suite is the Intelligent Around View Monitor or their 360° camera system with Moving Object Detection (VL variants and up) and Off-Road Monitor (PRO-4x 4×4 and VL 4×4). As a result, you can utilize the 360° camera so you can see the terrain, rocks, and other obstacles as you crawl. It also has Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness (VE variants and up), Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert which is useful for getting out of roadside parking spaces, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist (VL variants and up), and Hill Descent Control (4×4 variants).
Nissan has created a three-way blend of pleasure with the Navara. It has a go-anywhere capability, modern amenities, and tech-advanced safety at its core. No matter what variant you choose, you’ll never feel left out with the Navara. What’s more, it comes with a 5-year warranty for longer peace of mind.
The Navara has put itself as a worthy contender for ‘if there can only be one’ in your garage. It looks appropriate for the red carpet, intimidating for the meetups, and has the capability for the weekend getaways, all without compromising the comfort and safety of the family if they are inside the vehicle. No matter what you do, no matter who you’re with, the Nissan Navara can definitely take you wherever you want to go. Go to the Nissan Philippines website http://vehicles.nissan.ph/Navara_PS_Article to learn more about the Navara and schedule a test drive by visiting http://vehicles.nissan.ph/Navara_Article_PS to experience first hand how great it is.