And while Nissan Frontier still taps in the dark, its overseas counterpart has recently received a facelift. This strongly suggests what Japanese manufacturers’ plans are. Since their compact pickup doesn’t exhibit the best of sales figures in the states, they have decided to concentrate their resources on other markets. The 2016 Nissan Navara will continue unchanged for next year.
Only available choices at the startup are 2.5L 4-cylinder units. However, Navara offers both diesel and petrol unit. Furthermore, second option is available in two differently tuned power outfits. You can either get the weaker version with 161 hp and 297 lb-ft of torque, or stronger version with as much as 188 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, petrol units won’t deliver that much in torque category, but should offer sufficient number of ponies. At this point we do not have any details if the 4.0 liter V6 unit will be delivered like it is the case with Frontier but judging by previous years it will not be offered.
As always, 2016 Nissan Navara will be available with rear and all-wheel drive layouts and transmission choices for now vary between 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic. Both of these transmission options are good but if you like to have full control over your vehicle you will definitely go for the manual transmission but we can confirm that automatic also does a great job.
Design hasn’t been changed a lot, but new generation of Nissan’s small pickup is much more sleeker nevertheless. V-motion shape and design can be seen at front, while new, curvy lines adorn the car from all sides. Thanks to these curves, Navara looks much better than it did before and gets the ability to compete against other, modern pickups across the globe. If this design language gets adopted in the states – who knows; maybe Frontier has a future after all.
Interior is executed in the similar manner. Cabin is neat and sleek, with plenty of curves all around. In addition, top grades offer two-tone color arrangements and leather upholstery which make your pick-up an everyday car, whether you use it in the city or outside conventional roads. The 7-inch touch screen display can be ordered as well, but doesn’t come with every model. It does infotainment system’s work and offers navigation as optional feature. Apart from this, you can expect plenty of other tech options, but don’t get your hopes too high – this is still a compact pickup after all. Needless to say, 2016 Nissan Navara will be offered with three cab configuration choices. Single, King and Dual cab are the names just like before, but dimensions will be slightly altered. However, all three options will still be aimed towards already chosen market segments.
Fuel economy is reportedly better by about 11 percent, no less. These are quite good results, but they are also overdue. Between 22 and 27 mpg combined are more than solid figures for a compact truck, and that’s what diesel engines are all about (apart from high towing grades). Prices depend on a market and 2016 Navara can cost between £22,000 and £35,000 in the U.K. or between $35,000 and $63,000 in Australia. Similarly equipped model in U.S. would need to be priced slightly lower because of the competition, for the similar amount of money you can already choose some of the full size pickups.
2016 Nissan Navara Review
The 2016 Nissan Navara is definitely more interesting than its U.S. market sibling, Frontier. Apart from more engine choices, it features all-new styling which looks much better than outdated, boxy design of its cousin. This car does a solid job in overseas markets, but it is evident that it wouldn’t be the best option in the states. Still it could take a decent part of the market segment and it would be great to see Frontier following Navara with few changes.