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The Nissan Navara may not be very familiar to U.S. pickup truck enthusiasts, but it’s a popular model in Europe. Redesigned in 2014, it’s also the truck on which the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is based. While all automotive eyes are set on the Beijing Auto Show, Nissan just unleashed the most capable Navara ever at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. It’s called the Navara Off-Roader AT32 and was developed in cooperation with Arctic Trucks; an Icelandic company specialized in building four-wheel-drive vehicles for the world’s harshest environments.

Does the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 Have What it Takes to Put the Hurt on Ford's Ranger Raptor? Exterior
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The AT32 looks decidedly more aggressive on the outside thanks to its larger wheel arch extensions, 17-inch alloy wheels designed by Arctic Trucks, and the 32-inch off-road tires

Available for the Double Cab trim, the AT32 looks decidedly more aggressive on the outside thanks to its larger wheel arch extensions, 17-inch alloy wheels designed by Arctic Trucks, and the 32-inch off-road tires. The truck also sits higher above the ground thanks to a 20mm (0.8-inch) suspension lift. With the bigger tires, the Navara now rides 40 mm (1.6 inches) higher than the standard model. Optionally, Nissan offers a snorkel that boosts wading depth from 600 to 800 mm (23.6 to 31.5 inches). The feature also improves air intake and protects the engine from dust and water ingress.

The larger tires and higher suspension also improve maximum approach angle, which increases from 30.4 to 35 inches. Likewise, breakover angle is up to 24 inches from the standard 22.2. The package also includes protective plates for key underbody components, including the engine, transmission, propeller, and the fuel tank. The optional front differential locker, which works in tandem with the standard rear differential locker, is supposed to provide better traction on every type of surface.

Does the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 Have What it Takes to Put the Hurt on Ford's Ranger Raptor? Exterior
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Although the Navara AT32 is significantly more aggressive than the standard model, it definitely doesn't have the looks and the output to compete with the Ford Ranger Raptor

The AT32 also comes with extra standard equipment like Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Around View Monitor. Nissan had nothing to say about the engines, so it’s safe to assume that the AT32 gets the standard units. Options should include the 2.3-liter diesel with either 160 and 190 horsepower, the 2.5-liter gasoline with 160 horses, and naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter diesel also with 160 or 190 horsepower.

Although the Navara AT32 is significantly more aggressive than the standard model, it definitely doesn’t have the looks and the output to compete with the Ford Ranger Raptor. Not to mention that the Navara isn’t available Stateside, while the Ranger Raptor likely won’t be sold outside North America anytime soon.

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Press Release

Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is Nissan’s first ever pan-European pickup developed with a partner brand
Enhanced capability off-road thanks to raised ride height, front differential locker and larger off-road tyres
Bespoke components added by respected extreme 4WD vehicle brand Arctic Trucks
Debuting at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK on April 24
Birmingham, UK (April 24, 2018) – Nissan is taking performance of its ‘tough and smart’ pickup to a new extreme with the launch of the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32.

It is the first time a Navara has been developed with a partner brand for pan-European markets. The newcomer has made its motor show debut at The Commercial Vehicle Show at The NEC, Birmingham.

The Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is the most capable Navara ever. Standard features include bespoke suspension that increases ride height by 20mm, full protection of key underbody components and larger off-road tyres. For the ultimate performance, optional extras include a snorkel to improve wading depth and a front differential locker.

The vehicle is engineered by Arctic Trucks, the highly respected Icelandic company which specialises in building 4WD vehicles to take on the world’s harshest terrains. AT stands for Arctic Trucks and 32 represents the diameter of each off-road tyre in inches. Using the 2016 International Pickup Award and 2017 Fleet World Magazine Best Pickup as its starting point, the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 enhancements are available on different combinations of the Navara Double Cab.

Visually, the most substantial upgrade is to the Navara’s suspension, which has been raised to optimise performance and create additional ground clearance. That is now 243mm, compared with 223mm on the standard Navara. Maximum approach angle has been increased to 35° (up from 30.4°), while breakover angle is now 24° (up from 22.2°).

Other obvious enhancements include the dramatic wheel arch extensions, designed to amplify the new taller stance and offer greater protection of the bodywork during extreme off-roading. Hidden from view are underbody protection plates covering the engine, transmission, propeller and fuel tank.

The 17-inch alloys are designed by Arctic Trucks, while the 32-inch tyres have been selected specifically to improve off-road traction while maintaining excellent on-road performance. Such a large tyre diameter allows the driver to reduce the pressure to further boost traction, for example, in soft sand or snow.

With 20mm extra ground clearance and larger tyres, overall vehicle height is increased by 40mm.

For customers seeking the ultimate in off-road ability, a snorkel and front differential lock are available as optional extras.

The snorkel is attached to the A-pillar and will boost wading depth to 800mm – 200mm more than the standard Navara. It will also improve the air intake and protect the engine from heavy dust and water ingress. The front differential locker, working in tandem with the standard Navara’s rear differential locker, will provide the best possible traction on every type of surface.

The new features will complement the Navara’s on-board suite of advanced technologies. Standard equipment includes Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking and Intelligent Around View Monitor.

As with every Nissan LCV, the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 comes with an industry-leading five-year / 100,000 miles warranty, plus Arctic Trucks’ five-year warranty on the new components.

Alex Smith, Managing Director, Nissan GB, said: “The Nissan Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is the most capable Navara we’ve ever sold, and the CV Show is the perfect location for its debut. We believe the mix of enhanced off-road ability and upgraded exterior features will appeal to a new audience of both professional and recreational pickup customers.”

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