U.K.-Spec Nissan Navara Previews Next Frontier
Handsome Truck Packs Premium Features, 332-lb-ft of Torque
With all the hubbub about the new Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, Nissan is the odd man out at the moment with the long-in-the-tooth Frontier. While we’ve long enjoyed the Frontier’s trusty, no-nonsense personality, there’s no denying its age is starting to show. From refinement to fuel economy to equipment, the Frontier simply can’t stand toe to toe with the class leaders any longer. That may be changing soon if the U.K.-spec Navara NP300 is any indication. The truck is thoroughly contemporary inside and out and packs some features not currently offered in either the Tacoma or the Colorado, such as forward emergency braking and pushbutton start (available in the Tacoma but not the Colorado), and most importantly from a technical standpoint, a multilink coil spring rear suspension.
The Euro-spec Navara has a 2.3L I-4 diesel making between 160-190 hp and 297-332 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Considering the interest in the Titan XD, we’d wager that if a diesel is offered in the U.S.-spec Frontier, it will probably come from Cummins. The Navara starts at the equivalent of $28,000 in the U.K., with the top-of-the-line Tekna trim going for $37,000 before the addition of mandatory VAT taxes, which brings the total up to a whopping $44,290.
Within a few years, we could see a totally refreshed and revitalized midsize truck market, with a new Frontier and possibly, if rumors prove true, a new Ford Ranger. We can’t wait to hold a four-way midsize shootout!
Source: Nissan U.K.