May 15, 2012

Navara goes Platinum

Nissan's hugely popular Navara pick-up has undergone a precious metal makeover! A special version packed with useful technology and with a distinctive look has been given a suitably premium name - Platinum.

Based on the top selling 2.5-litre dCi model,
Navara Platinum builds on the strengths of the tough 4x4 pick-up by adding equipment designed to help the driver, such as satellite navigation and a rear-view camera.

To complete the distinctive specification, every Platinum model has a unique matt gunmetal grey finish to elements of the exterior - items like the grille, door mirrors and door handles - which contrast with the four available body colours: black, white, silver and ‘black pepper', the latter being a sophisticated brown-black metallic finish.

Yet, despite the additions, Navara Platinum remains one of the most competitively priced 4x4 pick-ups on the market.

"Navara is one of Europe's most popular four-wheel drive pick-ups. Highly respected for its practicality and sheer ability - and for the fact that it is built in Europe, at our Barcelona facility - the new Platinum version adds innovative equipment and a classy new look that together, make it even more desirable," said Basiten Schupp, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for Europe.

Navara Platinum features an advanced Pioneer satellite navigation system with a 6.1-inch full colour screen. The double din unit is fully integrated into the Navara's dashboard and also incorporates an entertainment and communication centre, with Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and audio streaming, AM and FM radio and a CD player. It is also compatible with iPods and other audio devices using USB connection .

A clever rear-view camera shows colour images from behind the vehicle on the cabin's rear-view mirror using a liquid crystal display. Using the mirror for the display enhances safety by ensuring real-time images are in the driver's line of sight whenever the vehicle is being reversed.

Navara Platinum is powered by Nissan's trusted 2.5-litre dCi four-cylinder common rail diesel engine which combines an excellent spread of power and torque with competitive fuel economy and emission figures. Its power output of 140 kw (190 ps) is matched by a healthy 450 nNm of torque, allowing Navara to cope with just about anything thrown in its path.

Navara Platinum's four-wheel-drive system uses Nissan's proven part-time 4WD system, which provides drive to the rear wheels under normal conditions or a 50/50 torque split to all four wheels when 4WD mode is engaged.

It also has high and low ratio modes, the latter providing outstanding levels of traction over slippery surfaces, especially on tricky hill descents. A rear differential lock - which operates only in low ratio four-wheel-drive - provides further help should a rear wheel lose traction.

With a generous and competitive payload and a 3,000 kg towing capacity, Navara has become the pick up of choice across Europe. Available in both Double Cab and King Cab forms, Navara delivers on a practical level with short overhangs, excellent ground clearance, four-wheel-drive and a long list of standard equipment.

The chassis features a rugged ladder-frame chassis with independent front suspension featuring double wishbones and coil springs. This is teamed with a rigid rear axle and strong leaf springs at the rear, designed to provide the best possible payload levels without adversely affecting handling or comfort.

King Cab can seat two adults in the front with two occasional seats in the back of the cabin while the Double Cab version has a three seater rear bench in an enlarged cabin, providing ample room for five.

In both cases, the split rear seats flip-up to provide extra stowage within the cabin, its practicality boosted by a virtually flat floor and a fold-flat front passenger seat.

Both versions have four passenger doors - all four open conventionally in the Double Cab, while the King Cab's shorter rear doors - which also incorporate the seat belts - are rear hinged and open to 90-degrees from the body. With no B-pillar, access to the King Cab's cabin for both passengers and luggage is made as easy as possible.

Both models sit on a wheelbase of 3,200 mm with the longer cargo bed being found in the King Cab version. This has a minimum width between the wheel housings of 1,130 mm and a bed length of 1,860 mm - the latter can be extended to a remarkable 2,461 mm when the tailgate is lowered. The Double Cab has an identical width measurement and an internal bed length of 1,515 mm extending to 2,066 mm with the tailgate lowered.

The flagship of the Navara range remains the V6 model, powered by a state-of-the-art 3.0-litre direct injection diesel, which develops 170 kw (231 ps) and no less than 550 nm of torque.

The range-topping V6 enjoys levels of luxury and refinement expected from a premium saloon. Standard equipment includes a full leather interior, Nissan Connect Premium, the best in class state-of-the-art premium satellite navigation and communication system, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, dual zone air-conditioning and a cruise control.

It also boasts a number of other unique features that are unavailable on rival pick-ups, including a sunroof and seven-speed automatic transmission.


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