If case you asked us some five years ago what is the best midsize pickup truck available in Europe and the rest of the world excluding North America, we would definitely say the Nisan Navara. However, if you repeat the question now, we would have to think about it a few moments and say the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300.
Yes, we know that the truck has pretty tough competition that includes the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and Volkswagen Amarok, as well as newcomers from Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, and Citroën, but for us, the Japanese brand is still at the very top. That’s because the carmaker introduced the third-generation Navara just a few years ago and due to amazing features.
2018 Nissan Navara NP300: Engines and Abilities
Under the hood, the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 offers a new 2.3-liter four-pot diesel. However, you can choose between 158bhp and 187bhp. Of course, if you choose the more potent oil-burner, you will own 332lb ft of a twist as well. Basically, the main difference between these two is that the base mill has a single and the topper gets two turbos. The engines come paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. In both cases, truck’s tops speed is limited at 114 mph.
The workhorse has a ton of payload capacity, plus it can tow up to 3.5 tons behind. You must be asking yourself what’s the benefit from all this? Well even though it’s a hardcore and pretty slow diesel truck, the high-riding vehicle shows really amazing skills. Believe it or not, the carmaker arranged car-like ride quality with heavy-duty live axle attached to a ladder frame chassis. Plus the pickup is really capable off-roader with the ability to get a job the done regardless of the terrain as long as it’s not over 30 degrees.
Features and Equipment
Believe it or not, it gets even better inside. More precisely, the truck may be having a too good cabin, because it appears to be very similar as X-Trail’s. There is a touchscreen infotainment system which controls navigation and around-view monitor, as well as dual-zone climate control and electrically folding mirrors. The producer hasn’t forgotten on Bluetooth streaming capability and smartphone integration, while you can order a range of option such as front heated seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.
Price and Availability
Since it’s basically just a carryover model from the last year, the 2018 Nissan Navara NP300 is already available. In Australia, the capable pickup truck gets the base price of around $20,000.