Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has officially launched The Ultimate Pickup, the All-New Nissan NP300 Navara.
The event was held at the ETCM Glenmarie 4S Centre, and launched by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, International Trade and Industry Minister II, who was accompanied by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, President of Tan Chong Motor Holdings. Nissan was represented by Mr. Kenji Naito, Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd and ETCM was represented by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of ETCM.
The successor to the popular Navara D40, the NP300 Navara double cab pickup delivers a compelling combination of dynamic driving performance, robust endurance, bold design and advanced technology.
According to Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng, the All-New NP300 Navara is engineered to meet the challenges of any terrain. “We name the NP300 Navara The Ultimate Pickup, as it has the flexibility to be sturdy and reliable for work, yet comfortable and spacious for the weekend. Since ETCM opened pre-bookings in mid-October, we have collected over 1,000 bookings of the All-New Nisan NP300 Navara. Such enthusiastic response only serves to strengthen our resolve to work even harder to ensure that The Ultimate Pickup seals its place as a top contender in Malaysia’s pickup segment – and ultimately become the pickup of choice for Malaysians.”
Fully imported from Thailand, six 4WD variants are available to the Malaysian market:
2.5 VL (7-speed AT)
2.5V (7-speed AT)
2.5 SE (7-speed AT)
2.5 SE (6-speed MT)
2.5E (6-speed MT)
2.5 L ((6-speed MT)
Nissan’s pickup design and heritage DNA is as distinctive as ever in the NP300 Navara.
A first-in-class, full LED Headlamp with boomerang-shaped Daytime Running Light frames Nissan’s signature ‘V-motion’ grille, further emphasising the unmistakable aesthetics of the NP300 Navara.
A new rear spoiler improves overall aerodynamics; and new 18-inch alloy wheels add on to its element of sportiness.
The NP300 Navara is powered by an improved 2.5L YD25DDTi variable geometry system (VGS) turbo intercooler engine, and fitted with a first-in-class seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode for more power and smoother acceleration. A maximum output of 190 PS at 450Nm/2,000rpm makes it the most powerful pickup in its class.
Do take note that the 190PS 450Nm is reserved for the top-spec VL grade. All other variants has the same engine but detuned to 163PS @ 3,600rpm with a maximum torque of 403Nm @ 2,000rpm.
Ride and Handling
It is the first Japanese pickup in Malaysia with multi-link rear suspension, which transforms its driving experience and ride comfort to that of an SUV – even with a full payload of one tonne.
The same luxurious comforts found in Nissan’s other premium models are present in the NP300 Navara – first-in-class Zero Gravity Inspired Seats offers spinal support for driver and front passengers; while improved seatback angle of rear seats and rear air-conditioning vents ensures comfort in any drive for rear passengers.
A five-inch full colour Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) screen provides vehicle information for ease of driving, and the sporty steering wheel with controls gives drivers direct access to the audio system and cruise control at the touch of the fingertips.
Cubicles and compartments aplenty, you’ll have no problem stowing away small items such as phones and glasses.
VL spec gets dual-zone automatic air conditioning while the rest gets single zone manual versions.
Key safety features in the NP300 Navara are Hill Start Assist; Hill Descent Control; and Active Brake Limited Slip for traction control and vehicle stability. Other safety features also include child seat retainer (ISOFIX with tether), Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System, Anti-locking Braking System, Electronic Brake Force distribution, and Brake Assist.
The All-New Nissan NP300 Navara comes with a 3-year or 100,000km (whichever comes first) warranty. Four colours are available: Tungsten Silver; Diamond Black; Brilliant White; and a new colour option, Savanna Orange.
Offered at the following prices (OTR including GST excluding insurance):-
2.5 VL (7-speed AT) – RM120,800
2.5V (7-speed AT) – RM109,800
2.5 SE (7-speed AT) – RM102,800
2.5 SE (6-speed MT) – RM97,800
2.5E (6-speed MT) – RM89,800
2.5 L ((6-speed MT) – RM79,000
The Navara also comes with a list of optional accessories:-
7″ Multimedia Navigator (with Smartphone Connectivity Function, Reverse Camera, DVD player, iPod Connectivity, USB & Bluetooth) – RM3,922
Combination Leather Seat – RM2,438
Tinting – Solar Gard (S/C) RM1,272 / Solar Gard RM1,484 / Solar Gard Armorcoat RM2,067 / V-Kool Elite Security RM5,141
Elegance Package (Sport pedal
Bookings and test drives are now available at Nissan Showrooms nationwide. For more information, visit www.nissan.com.my or call ETCM’s Nissan Customer Care Centre at 1800-88-3838.