Since the arrival of the well-improved third-generation Navara pickup truck, Nissan has been expected to offer this truck-based mid-size SUV. The prototype of this body-on-frame SUV was caught while testing wrapped in the camouflage which can’t hide its similarities with the Navara truck. The model which will be the rival with models like the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Endeavour, should debut late this year or early next. The 2018 Nissan Navara SUV won’t likely arrive at the US and like the global Navara truck, it will be available in Europe, Asia and Australia. The mid-size SUV is expected to share underpinning, running gear and the styling with Nissan’s global truck.
2018 Nissan Navara SUV: Platform, Design
The highly flexible, body-on-frame platform from the third-generation Navara pickup will underpin the new 2018 Nissan Navara SUV but will also be the foundation of Mercedes’ upcoming truck. It is actually improved version of Navara’s second generation platform which came with the reworked suspension system. This flexible architecture can adopt various wheelbase lengths, suspension configurations and is also compatible with various engine options.
On the hand, the styling of the Navara SUV will follow the same design philosophy as the truck version as far the front and middle section goes while the rear end should show some similarities with the Pathfinder model. The camo on the prototype can’t hide shape, size, grille and hood similarities with the global truck version. This SUV seems also to have the similar shape of fenders like the Navara truck but the rear section appears to share some cues with the Pathfinder model. The boxy rear end includes vertical taillights and pronounced rear bumper.
We don’t have the pictures of mode’s interior but this SUV should offer five and seven seat arrangements. The dash design should follow the same principles as the mid-size truck and will include Nissan’s latest infotainment interface. The model will, of course, offer attractive and well-equipped trim options. But we also expect additional safety features compared to the truck version.
2018 Nissan Navara SUV: Powertrains
Information about engine options is still unavailable like most of other details but the 2018 Nissan Navara SUV will likely get the power from the same engine options like its platform donor. The 2.3-liter turbodiesel engine should come in two variants. The version with the single turbocharger should produce about 161 hp. More power and torque will be available from the version with twin turbochargers. It should offer about 188 hp and torque of 450 Nm. The maximum torque should be reachable from low 1500 to 2500 rpm.
Nissan could also offer a 2.5-liter petrol engine and transmission options should include the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic units.
2018 Nissan Navara SUV: Arrival, Price
The debut of the 2018 Nissan Navara SUV should happen late this year or early next. The price range should start from somewhere around £23,000 in the UK.