Many car critics, car dealers, and car enthusiasts have already expressed their admiration for the Nissan Navara. This truck has been tested countless times on several types of terrain, and it has proven worthy of praise. But if you think Nissan is done making changes and improvements to the Navara, think again.
The auto industry was in for a pleasant surprise this year, as Nissan Philippines unveiled a brand new variant of their popular pickup truck—the Nissan Navara Sport Edition. And while no one really pointed out any problems with the look of previous Navara variants, the cosmetic improvements seen in the Navara Sport definitely add to its overall appeal.
NP300 Navara vs. Navara Sport
To better appreciate the recent changes to the Navara, perhaps a quick comparison with the 2015 NP300 Navara is in order.
|2015 NP300 Navara||2016 Navara Sport|
|2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT||2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre||2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT||2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre|
|Code||YD25 DDTi||YD25 DDTi|
|Type||In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler||In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler|
|Transmission Type||7-speed AT with manual mode||7-speed AT|
|Maximum Power (hp/rpm)||187/3,600||161/3,600||190/3,600||163/3,600|
|Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)||450/2,000||403/2,000||450/2,000||403/2,000|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (liters)||80||80|
|Fuel System||Common-rail direct injection||Common-rail direct injection|
|4WD System||Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch||None||Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch||None|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|Dimensions (LxWxH in mm)||5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840||5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795||5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840||5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||245||243||245||238|
|Curb Weight (kg)||1,946||1,831||1,946||1,831|
|Gross Weight (kg)||2,910||2,910|
|Bed Dimensions (LxWxH in mm)||1,503 x 1,560 x 474||1,503 x 1,560 x 474|
As you can see, there isn’t that much difference between the 2015 NP300 Navara and the 2016 Navara Sport where the engine/transmission as well as the dimensions and weight are concerned. As mentioned earlier, most of the changes made to the model have to do with the way it looks.
For one thing, it has a bolder honeycomb grille supported by a new front skirt as well as very attractive fog lamps in dark-chrome finish, side steps, and rear bumper. The Navara Sport also has a new roll bar with LED lamp and a protective bed-liner. But the one improvement on the Navara’s exterior that not only makes it look better, but also makes it perform better are the model’s new 18-inch alloy wheels; handling is so much better because of these new wheels!
Inside the cabin, you’ll see a few more tweaks, all of which are meant to add to your comfort and bring the vehicle into a class of its own. Cabin features such as the steering wheel, the door trim, the shift knob, and the arm rests are now all wrapped in leather, giving the entire cabin interior an ultra-sleek appeal. You’ll be sure to feel the luxury the moment you get into this new Navara variant.
Of course, true to Nissan’s commitment to giving their riders the best road experience at all times, the 2016 Navara Sport still boasts of a 5-link coil rear suspension with stabilizer as well as zero-gravity seats. This means you’ll experience the same seamless ride you get from previous Navara variants, no matter how rough the road gets. The perk is that you can now get that kind of comfort in a much better-looking truck!
Still owing to the fact that the recent changes to the Navara are mostly cosmetic, the 2016 variant is available in only two colors: Riptide Blue and Aspen White, as compared to the 2015 NP300, which is available in four colors: Savannah Orange, Alpine White, Galaxy Black, and Brilliant Silver. As for the price, here is a quick comparison:
2015 NP300 4×4 VL 7AT – PHP 1,536,000
2015 NP300 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre – PHP 1,146,000
2016 Navara Sport 4×4 VL 7AT – PHP 1,656,000
2016 Navara Sport 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre – PHP 1,275,000
You can see that the Sport Edition is just a little bit more expensive than its predecessor, but that’s just to be expected, right? After all, it is a new and improved version. In fact, it’s a very pleasant surprise that the difference in price isn’t that big! And when you come face-to-face with the new Navara Sport, you’ll be sure to agree that the higher price is definitely worth it.