New hardcore pickup is forbidden fruit in America.
America's current Nissan Frontier was introduced way back in 2004, making it Nissan's oldest pickup truck currently on sale. Thankfully, a new model is finally coming later this year. Its European equivalent, the Nissan Navara, on the other hand, was redesigned back in 2014, which means the Frontier's hardware is woefully outdated. Just to make us more jealous, Nissan has unveiled a newly updated version of the hardcore limited-edition Navara Off-Roader AT32 for the European market.
Nissan says the updated model has been manufactured to be "more efficient and better to drive, without compromising its class-leading off-road ability." Created as part of a partnership between Nissan and Iceland's Arctic Trucks, the updated Navara Off-Roader AT32 features full aluminum underbody shielding with an improved shape offering better protection for underbody components.
Also improving the truck's capability are new massive 31.6-inch Nokian tires that improve fuel economy and emissions and satin black alloy wheels with dual valves. Like the previous Navara Off-Roader AT32, the tough truck is fitted with bespoke all-terrain wheel arch extensions and all-terrain optimized Bilstein performance suspension. Special badging on the front wings, arch extensions, side steps, wheel centers, tailgate and mud guards further distinguish the hardcore Navara.
Nissan is also offering additional accessories including an electronic lock for the front differential to boost traction and air intake snorkel that increases the Navara's maximum wading depth to 31.4 inches.
Despite being more hardcore than the regular truck, the Navara Off-Roader AT32 retains the N-Guard model's advanced tech including Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
"The Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 was a sell-out success and proved incredibly popular with adventurers seeking elegance and toughness," said Manuel Burdiel, General Manager Europe, LCV Sales and Business Development. "We have upgraded the Off-Roader AT32 so it can maintain its position as the ultimate Navara while bringing new efficiency and becoming fully WLTP compliant. It's the perfect blend of in-car technology, comfort and extreme off-road performance."
Sales for the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 will kick off in Europe in February 2020, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.