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Nissan Navara front end from underneath

A second teaser video has been released online for the next-generation Nissan Navara and it reveals a few more styling details about the new ute.

In the latest video, the new Navara is shown partaking in outdoor field trials, as well as undergoing a series of torture tests in one of Nissan’s labs, including extreme cold, hot weather and rain testing. Components shown for the first time include the new ute’s suspension and one of its engines.

During the car’s testing we can see more clearly the new Navara’s front-end design, which comes complete with wider and more angular headlights. These flank an updated version of Nissan’s three-port truck grille that now feature markedly shrunken side apertures.

Grainy closed circuit camera footage (bottom) reveals the look of the new model’s front and rear guards. A top-spec model shown, briefly (below), during aerodynamics testing reveals a chrome trapezoidal frame for the new Navara’s fog lights.

Nissan Navara front end during aero testing

Earlier this week Nissan gave the world a sneak peak, via its Instagram and YouTube accounts, of the new pick-up through a translucent sheet. Through this shroud we could see the new Navara’s grille, basic headlight shape and LED driving lights.

We’re unlikely to find out much more about the car’s specifics prior to its grand unveiling on June 11, but we do already know some key facts about the next-generation vehicle.

When Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer, spoke to CarAdvice back at the New York auto show, he noted that the new Navara would be “around about the same [size]” as the current model. Depending on body style, the current car stretches from 5125mm to 5296mm.

Nissan Navara side profile caught on camera

The new Navara will go on sale in Australia either at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015, and it’s likely that it will replace both the current (D40) and previous (D22) generations that are presently sold side-by-side.

Down the track there’s a possibility the new Navara will spawn an SUV to compete with the ute-based Holden Colorado 7, Isuzu MU-XFord Everest and the Toyota Fortuner. These seven-seat body-on-frame family wagons are popular in developing markets, where value and ruggedness are important considerations.




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