Nissan has just unleashed its most capable Navara ever. Dubbed as Navara OFF-ROADER AT32, this monster made its debut at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
To give this Navara a better and tougher version, the Japanese marque partnered with Arctic Truck (AT), hence, the off-roader’s name. The 32, on the other hand, represents the diameter of each tire in inches. The Icelandic company are known for producing 4WD vehicles capable of tackling demanding terrains.
The OFF-ROADER AT32 comes standard with bespoke suspension to increase the ride height by 20mm, along with full protection of key underbody components and larger off-road tires. Considering these improvements, the overall vehicle height of Navara is raised to 243mm. Monstrous indeed. Moreover, the pickup truck’s maximum approach angle was raised to 35 degrees (previously 30.4 degrees), while its breakover angle is improved to 24 degrees.
In order to maximize driving performance, Nissan offers snorkel as an option to improve its wading depth up to 800mm. This development will provide better air intake and will protect the engine from heavy dust and water ingress. Customers can also get the optional front differential lock to give the best possible traction on every type of terrain.
Notable changes are also made for this new muscular model. Its wheel arch extensions are designed to strengthen the taller stance and provide better protection of the bodywork during extreme off-roading.
For safer driving, standard technologies are integrated to this Navara such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
However, Nissan hasn't laid out any information about its powertrain yet. The 2.3L biturbo diesel engine, which can deliver up to 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque, will possibly be carried over from the current range-topping standard 4x4 models. With that, it’s a bit short compared to the 210-hp 2.0L biturbo diesel mill of the Ranger Raptor, which, by the way, has a pulling power of 500 Nm.
Sure, the new model is way better than the standard Navara, but do you think the OFF-ROADER AT32 have what it takes to go head-to head against the Ford Ranger Raptor? We’ll see when the final specsheets are released.