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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Nissan Navara has been officially unveiled in Thailand ahead of its launch into the Australian market early next year.

Nissan claims the all-new Navara is the most complete ute it has produced in its 80 years in the global pick-up business, combining its traditional traits of strength and reliability with new levels of comfort, convenience and advanced technologies.

The Japanese car maker says its design team focused on delivering “a sportier and more emotional expression on the Navara while maintaining Nissan’s distinctive design DNA”.

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Nissan’s signature ‘V-motion’ design flows from the upright grille to the heavily contoured bonnet and wheel arches. Boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights add to the Navara’s distinctive front-end appearance, while chrome adds life to the fog light surrounds, door handles and side mirrors – the latter incorporating the side turn indicators.

The doors feature concave and convex surfaces, which Nissan says are designed to give the new ute a more dynamic, energetic profile.

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The Navara’s cabin takes inspiration from Nissan’s passenger cars and SUVs, and claiming to feature higher quality materials, greater refinement, better visibility and improved ease of ingress and egress.

Highlights of the new interior include push-button start, digital instrument cluster display, central touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and double-stitched leather upholstery.

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Nissan says the new Navara’s high-strength chassis and suspension have been engineered to “take the punishment of intense daily usage”, and also claims a reduction in its turning circle to improve its agility and manoeuvrability.

Technology systems include electronic stability control, active brake limited slip, hill start assist, hill descent control, and shift-on-the-fly 4×4, which can be engaged while the vehicle is in motion.

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The new Nissan Navara will be offered in both rear- and all-wheel-drive, with manual and automatic transmissions, and with at least one diesel engine.

The new-generation model will replace both the 10-year-old D40 Navara and the ancient D22 model, which first launched in 1997, with single-, space- and dual-cab, and chassis and pick-up body styles all planned.

In a statement, Nissan Australia said information on local specifications, engines, transmissions and model grades would be announced closer to the Navara’s introduction to our market.

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