By: Jason Woosey
Yokohama, Japan - Nissan has wasted no time in pointing out that its all-new NP300 Navara is backed by 80-years of bakkie-building experience. Yet the new contender looks to be a truly modern bakkie in every respect, with reduced body weight, improved efficiency and contemporary styling.
Although its exterior design appears less rugged than before, with its smooth silhouette, sculpted fenders and boomerang-shaped LED signature in the headlights, the new design is easy on the eye and it's unlikely to offend any potential customers; except, perhaps, those completely stuck in a 1980s time warp.
But let there be no confusion here - it's still quite a toughie beneath the skin, where you'll still find a high-strength chassis and leaf spring suspension that have been “engineered to take the punishment of intense daily usage” according to Nissan. It does, however, boast a reduced turning circle to make life a little easier in the urban jungle.