Nissan sells with the pick-up Navara a commercial vehicle with practical details. As New Nissan Navara AT32, the Japanese are completely desert suitable.
nothing but sand. Morocco is an ideal playground for off-road vehicles. Or for pick-ups, the real off-road vehicle among the many SUVs. Like the Nissan Navara AT32, the new top model of the series. Nissan introduced him on the edge of the Sahara.
The pick-up Navara has been selling in different generations in more than 150 countries since 1985. In the fourth generation, it pulls up to 3.5 tons, is currently the best-selling pick-up of the Japanese brand. The base of the Nissan is at least so good that Mercedes buys them and makes their X-class. Renault Alaskan is also based on the Navara.
Do we face a pick-up boom? More than two million medium-sized pickup trucks are sold every year. Ascending trend. In Argentina, every eighth driver drives a pick-up, in Australia even every seventh. Advantage: There are still real off-road vehicles with a reduction gearbox and differential lock. They haul trailers up to 3.5 tons and offer a payload of around one tonne. Ideal as a towing vehicle for horse or sports trailer – or as a desert vehicle. Like the Navara AT32.
The model with double cab and flatbed differs from the normal Navara with some chassis parts. The base vehicle with a trailer hitch and rear differential lock cost 46,810 euros gross at Nissan, for the conversion are again 6,420 euros due. The work is done by the off-road specialist Arctic Truck from Iceland.
Despite the remodeling, the five-year warranty is maintained up to 160,000 kilometers, and Arctic Truck also has a five-year warranty on its components. These include a height-adjustable off-road suspension with modified springs and shock absorbers from Bilstein for more ground clearance.
In addition, fender flares, 17-inch wheels, 32-inch coarse tires and a complete underride guard against blows to the engine, transmission, and tank are added. This results in a height increase of four centimeters and a ground clearance of 24.3 centimeters. With a front slope angle of 35 degrees forward and back 25 degrees, the Navara climbs bravely up the hill. Instead of running boards, sill pipes protect the sides of the body. Optionally, Arctic Trucks has an additional differential lock on the front and the air filter intake snorkel. The seven-speed automatic transmission (standard, otherwise 1,650 euros at Nissan) easily changes gears.
The 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel with 190 hp in the double cabin (from 35,485 euros) pulls his fresh air through the raised intake, hisses and at each gas pedal kick. Like an approaching US ambulance, it’s always howling. The diesel is otherwise well on the gas, drives surprisingly sporty for a commercial vehicle. The tightly tuned steering gives a lot of feedback to the road – despite the high construction and the large wheels. From 0 to 100 km / h do not pass ten seconds, up to 180 km / h, the Navara drives fast. However, most customers will hardly care, the more exciting is the off-road capability. And there the AT32 put on.
In the sand of Morocco, we switch from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive, rushing rapidly over sand and mogul slopes. The soft sand remains stuck under the thick terrain tires, hardly gives way. At the low speed, we drive up a small dune. The sand splashes to the side, the tires dig in easily, but with more gas but quickly out again.
It continues on a gravel road. At around 60 km / h we drive over corrugated iron dunes, taking the vibrations as a momentum. The rest of the Bilstein suspension of the Navara irons, much better and more pleasant than the standard chassis. Only occasionally do we have to slow down a lot. Deep furrows cross the road, penetrating to the spinal cord. Smaller to medium sized stones do not interest us. Thanks to the greater ground clearance we just rush over it.
Only one thing bothers after a long tour in the sand: If you do not jump with a big sentence from the cabin, strokes the trouser leg along the side boards – and the pants are full of dirt. Or sand, as in the Sahara
2020 Nissan Navara AT32 Specs
- Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel
- Power: 190 hp
- Torque: 450 Nm at 1,500 to 2,500 rpm
- Transmission: Seven-speed automatic, shiftable four-wheel drive
- Consumption: 6.9 l / 100 km
- CO2 emissions: 183 g / km
- Length: 5.25 meters
- Width: 2.07 meters
- Height: 1.80 meters
- Base price: from 35,785 euros (Navara Double Cab 4×4)
- Price: 53,230 euros (Navara Double Cab 4×4 AT32)