IF you are a regular reader — we writers live in hope — then you will know
IF you are a regular reader — we writers live in hope — then you will know I have a soft spot for the bigger beasts of the car jungle.
That is, the giant SUVs of this world seem to appeal to my inner macho self. And why not?
To this end, the Nissan Navara has been a particular favourite in the past and the latest incarnation — the NP300 — though a tad more sophisticated, still ticks those “big beast” boxes.
Back in the summer when I first drove the new NP300 Navara I noted that this double cab pick-up has been entirely remodelled from the ground up.
The bottom line is that this new version now sparkles with equipment designed to make the Navara’s formerly utilitarian interior a true comfort zone.
This week I reached the “gold standard” with the new NP300 Navara — that is, I struck gold when I drove one in a burnished livery that was rather apt for the autumnal time of the year.
Of course, the Navara is derived from what was once a workhorse of a vehicle. It still is fiery enough with its torque-filled 2.3L dCi Twin-turbo engine.
This makes it a beefy beast that nowadays doubles as a leisure vehicle — that is, a seriously good tow truck for anything from boats to caravans.
One thing I did not touch on during my last outing with the Navara was the accessories available on this model.
For the NP300 Navara, Nissan has laid on its “most extensive set of pick-up accessories to date”.
So the truck that has earned an International Pick-up of the Year award is available with 125 dealer-fitted accessories, making it customisable, adaptable and versatile.
This includes many first-in-sector features that add to the Navara’s broad appeal, and despite its leisure use says Nissan, make it fit for “the demands of the toughest job”.
These accessories include:
• A sliding load tray that makes loading and unloading the new NP300 Navara easier.
• A foldaway rear step that improves access to the truck bed.
• Tailgate assist — a system that lowers the vehicle’s tailgate smoothly at the touch of a button.
• An ingenious load carrier that allows vehicle users to make use of the space on top of the load space cover.
Further adding to the vehicle’s practical appeal, says Nissan, is a top quality hardtop available in two distinct grades.
The higher of these comes with opening windows, interior trims, interior lighting, a stop lamp and central locking.
The vehicle can also be supplied with either a plastic or aluminium bedliner and a choice of aluminium or soft tonneau cover or roll cover.
There’s also a wealth of options for those who want their vehicle to stand out from the crowd.
These include striking chrome bars for the front, side and bed of the vehicle, and high-impact lamps that can be fitted on to the bars.
Also available are decal stickers, exhaust finishers, a shark antenna and alloy wheels. Mike Thompson, after-sales director at Nissan, said: “In the past it’s often been the case that new pick-ups have come to market and customers have then had to wait for third-party, after-market accessories to personalise and adapt their vehicles.
“In developing the new NP300 Navara, Nissan had accessories in mind from the very outset and so we have been able to ensure that even those customers taking delivery of the NP300 have the full range of options and accessories available to them.”