It appears Nissan was very serious about producing a rival to the Ranger Raptor, with the automaker filing a trademark application for the ‘Navara Off-Roader’ name with the EUIPO this week. This is a very recent application, with Nissan just filing for it on March 6th. The automaker is looking to reserve the name under Nice Classification Group 12, which is for land, water and air vehicles and vehicle components.
Speaking to Australian website Motoring last month, Renault-Nissan light commercial vehicle boss Ashwani Gupta said his team hadn’t considered building a product like the Ranger Raptor, but became interested in the off-road focused sub-segment after seeing what the Blue Oval team had concocted. “If you would have asked me this question yesterday [about a Raptor rival] I would have said this is not in our priority list,” Gupta said in February. “But if you are asking this question today then I am saying this is an opportunity we would like to study.”
The global-spec Ranger Raptor features beefed-up suspension, off-road tires and wheels and a tough-looking redesigned exterior. It receives power from a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, which makes 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a terrain management system that helps put the power down on loose surfaces like sand or dirt, along with skid plates, tow hooks and more powerful brakes. A version of the pickup may also arrive in North America, but if it does, it will likely have a gas engine in place of the diesel.
Don’t be shocked if a trail-ready Nissan Navara Off-Roader arrives sometime in the near future. Nissan will be hard pressed to beat the Raptor team at their own game, but we welcome any and all additions to this exciting segment.
Discuss this story on our Nissan Forum.