Tougher than ever: Nissan launches
Navara OFF-ROADER AT32
• Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is Nissan’s first ever pan-European pickup developed with a partner brand
• Enhanced capability off-road thanks to raised ride height, front differential locker and larger tyres
• Bespoke components added by respected extreme 4WD vehicle brand Arctic Trucks
PARIS, France (June 6, 2018) – Nissan is taking performance of its ‘tough and smart’ pickup to a new extreme with the launch of the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32. It is the first time a Navara has been developed with a partner brand for pan-European markets. The Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is the most capable Navara ever. Standard features include bespoke suspension that increases ride height by 20mm, full protection of key underbody components and larger tyres. For the ultimate performance, optional extras include a snorkel to improve wading depth and a front differential locker.
To celebrate its launch – and to mark World Oceans Day 2018 (Friday June 8) – the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 has turned volunteer in a new film to celebrate community heroes tackling beach plastic pollution. It joined a campaigning dad and daughter team to help them take on their most challenging beach plastic clean-up on beaches close to their home. It helped them reach over rocky terrain and remove debris like plastic nets deeply embedded in the sand.
View the film below:
Alongside the film, Nissan is inviting community groups across Europe to nominate remote and tough-to-reach beaches or other locations where the Navara could help them clear plastic waste. The Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is engineered by Arctic Trucks, the highly respected Icelandic company which specialises in building 4WD vehicles to take on the world’s harshest terrains. AT stands for Arctic Trucks and 32 represents the diameter of each off-road tyre in inches. Using the 2016 International Pickup Award winner as its starting point, the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 enhancements are available on any version of the Navara Double Cab. Such a large tyre diameter allows the driver to reduce the pressure to further boost traction, for example, in soft sand or snow.
Visually, the most substantial upgrade is to the Navara’s suspension, which has been raised to optimise performance and create additional ground clearance. That is now 243mm, compared with 223mm on the standard Navara. Maximum approach angle has been increased to 35° (up from 30.4°), while breakover angle is now 24° (up from 22.2°). Other obvious enhancements include the dramatic wheel arch extensions, designed to amplify the new taller stance and offer greater protection of the bodywork during extreme off-roading. Hidden from view are underbody protection plates covering the engine, transmission, propeller and fuel tank. The 17-inch alloys are designed by Arctic Trucks, while the 32-inch tyres have been selected specifically to improve off-road traction while maintaining excellent on-road performance. Such a large tyre diameter allows the driver to reduce the pressure to further boost traction, for example, in soft sand or snow.
With 20mm extra ground clearance and larger tyres, overall vehicle height is increased by 40mm. For customers seeking the ultimate in off-road ability, a snorkel and front differential lock are available as optional extras. The snorkel is attached to the A-pillar and will boost wading depth to 800mm – 200mm more than the standard Navara. It will also improve the air intake and protect the engine from heavy dust and water ingress. The front differential locker, working in tandem with the standard Navara’s rear differential locker, will provide the best possible traction on every type of surface. The new features will complement the Navara’s on-board suite of advanced technologies. Standard equipment includes Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking and Intelligent Around View Monitor. As with every Nissan LCV, the Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 comes with an industry-leading five-year / 160,000 km warranty, plus Arctic Trucks’ five-year warranty on the new components.
Ken Ramirez, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan Europe, said:
“The Nissan Navara OFF-ROADER AT32 is the most capable Navara we’ve ever sold. Its mix of enhanced off-road ability and upgraded exterior features will appeal to a new audience of both professional and recreational pickup customers.”
For all its toughness, there’s a playful element to the Toyota Hilux that can put a smile on any driver’s face, a big-toy appeal that’s lasted through generations of the world beating pick-up.
Tamiya celebrated this quality when it produced its hugely popular radio-controlled scale model version back in the 1980s. Now Toyota is returning the compliment with its own, custom-built working replica of this miniature hero – the Hilux Bruiser. The big difference – and we mean big – is that this is a full-size machine that’s kitted out for the extremes of off-road driving, courtesy of conversion specialists Arctic Trucks – the team that built the Arctic-conquering Polar Hilux.
Toyota custom-built working replica of this miniature hero – the Hilux Bruiser. Inspired by the hugely popular radio controlled scale model version back in the 1980s.