Nissan has finally pulled the wraps off its new global midsize pickup truck the Navara, dropping a few hints on what we can expect when the North American version of the new truck, called the Frontier, arrives here.
Nissan’s new corporate front end consisting of its ‘V-motion’ grille and ‘boomerang’ LED daytime running lights have been added to the new truck, bringing it in line with just about every other vehicle in the Japanese brand’s lineup. Two new color choices have been added as well: Savannah Yellow and The Earth Bronze.
Pickup trucks are not about style though, so lets talk about what really matters. Power comes from either a 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine or a 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder gas engine. The diesel can be had with two different outputs, either 160 hp and 297 lb-ft of torque or 187 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Numbers for the revised gas engine weren’t revealed, though the previous gas four cylinder made 152 hp.
Nissan claims that fuel economy has been improved by 11 percent over the previous model, thanks in part to a new seven-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual unit can also be hooked up to either of the engines.
Systems that help keep this truck hauling are plentiful, and include Vehicle Dynamic Control which improves 4×4 driving performance and safety, Active Brake Limited Slip, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
On the inside, the new Navara features a large center console, high-resolution color TFT instrument displays, push-button start, easy-read dials and rear ventilated seats.
Specific ratings for towing and hauling weren’t released by Nissan, though they would likely change anyways once the truck comes to North America.
GALLERY: 2015 Nissan Navara
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