Could this be the 2015 Nissan Frontier?
What do you think of these looks? Like them? If not, you’d better get used to them. This is the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara – the automaker’s global pickup – and it’s very likely that it could be North America’s 2015 Nissan Frontier as well. Now of course, we won’t know that for sure until Nissan officially reveals the Frontier, but the design, features, and packaging look almost too perfect an evolution for it not to be destined for these shores.
Underneath, the Frontier – er, Navara – packs versions of Nissan’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel and 2.5-liter gas engine. The diesel mill features an electrically actuated turbo, capable of pushing out 188-horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which is music to our ears. Given that the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado arrives bearing a diesel powerplant, it would seem only likely that the new Frontier sports an oil burner as well.
If this is the new Frontier, it would appear Nissan is on the same design track as Chevrolet regarding equipment and styling. Inside, both trucks have begun to feel a bit more like cars thanks to upgraded materials and tech, which might detract from the more rough-and-tumble pickup fans, but does entice buyers looking for family vehicles or up-market comfort. The Navara ships with the typical extended and double-cab models, offering enough cargo space to tackle most tasks.
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Off-road capability shouldn’t be any concern on the Navara though, which is one thing we can guarantee you. The NP300 sports shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive, Active Limited Brake Slip, Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control. It'll be sold worldwide, which means that it’s likely to see some pretty rough use and abuse in the world’s harshest environments.
If it can survive out there, it can survive taking the kids to soccer practice. We just hope Nissan decides to bring it here.
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