Nissan has unveiled the first photos of the new Navara ute. The company is withholding statistics such as towing capacity and engine variants until closer to the vehicle’s launch date in Australia early next year. What we do know is that the 12th generation Navara is the first all-new model in 10 years and will likely continue to come to Australia from Thailand.
Nissan is expected to offer two diesel engine options but the exact capacities have not yet been revealed to dealers or customers. The current Navara reset the benchmark for on-road driving when it was released 10 years ago but has since been overtaken by newer competition. Nissan is understood to have used the Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger as benchmarks for on-road dynamics.
Nissan is also expected to up the ante when it comes to towing capacity and carrying ability. The towing capacity of the current Navara is rated at 3000kg, which is below the industry (and legal) benchmark of 3500kg.
Although the new model has a distinctly European upmarket appearance, it was in fact styled by Nissan in Japan. Nissan says the new Navara was designed with two markets in mind: there will be a “narrow body” for developing countries and a “wide body” for mainstream markets such as Australia.
The Navara is Nissan’s biggest selling model in Australia and the unveiling of the new model so far ahead of its showroom arrival will likely lead to sharp discounts in the coming months. The current Nissan Navara is available from $37,990 drive-away with a 1 per cent finance offer, but this time last year the price had dipped to the low $30,000 bracket.