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CV Show 2005: New Navara takes UK truck sector to dizzy new heights

THE macho world of the 4x4 truck is set to become even tougher with the launch of the new Nissan Navara.

The new model, due to go on sale in the UK in August, boasts not only a fresh ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ exterior but also has a 2.5-litre common rail diesel engine pumping out 174bhp, making it by far the most powerful vehicle in its sector.

The new model will be around £1,000 more expensive than the outgoing one but promises to bring passenger car qualities to the utility market.

It will be available in two formats – double cab and king cab – and is 265mm longer than the old Pickup.

In the rear, the new Navara boasts class-leading loadspace and the king cab will even hold 8ftx4ft sheets of plywood.

The part-time four wheel drive system can be altered from high to low ratios via a rotary dial on the dash.

Under the bonnet goes the four cylinder 2.5-litre second generation common rail diesel powerplant seen in the Nissan Pathfinder. It offers 174bhp and a massive 297lb-ft of torque.

There will also be a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox.

The more utilitarian Pickup will continue alongside the Navara for the time being.

Also on the Nissan stand was the new Primastar minibus, offering nine seats on a short wheelbase format. The 1.9-litre diesel engine offers 100bhp and standard equipment includes ABS brakes, remote central locking, driver’s airbag and an alarm and immobiliser.

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