I’ve honestly never done a review on a pickup before as I’ve always doubted whether I could handle the vehicle – with it being extra long, and wide, parking especially would be quite a challenge even with the rear sensors. It’s not that I’m a novice or driver lacking of confidence as I’ve driven and reviewed large vehicles including MPVs and SUVs before, just that I’ve witnessed on more than one occasion, pickups having difficulty parking in parking lots, especially the more cramped ones.
So it wasn’t until the new Nissan Navara series came out with reverse cameras that I decided to try one out hence I gave the nice folks over at Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) a call to try out their new NISSAN Navara – Black Series which has an aggressive and stylish look, unlike the contractor types of pickup trucks.
The new Black Series is available for the Navara VL, V and SE variants and is factory fitted – it must be ordered when you purchase the vehicle as it’s not an aftermarket add-on unlike an accessories package. The new “Black Series” refers to all the array of exterior enhancements and blacked-out components, which includes an edgy new matte black front grille, headlamp eye lid covers, blackout front bumper, matte black fog lamp covers, side mirror covers, front and rear overfenders, and sport bar in black finish for the cargo bed; while combination black leather seats add an unexpected luxury to its spacious interior.
The Navara remains unchanged in delivering a dynamic driving performance. The VL variant has a 2.5 litre turbo intercooler diesel engine that outputs 190 PS and 450Nm of torque, and fitted with a first-in-class seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode for smoother acceleration.
It is the first Japanese pickup in Malaysia with Multi-Link Rear Suspension system that offers SUV levels of driving comfort and handling. It is also the only pickup with Zero Gravity Inspired Seats that helps eliminate driver fatigue on long distance drives.
The Black Series componentry are factory fitted and includes a 3-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first).
|NISSAN NAVARA – BLACK SERIES||2.5 VL Auto (RM)||2.5 V Auto (RM)||2.5 SE Auto (RM)|
*OTR Price, without Insurance
My experience with the Nissan Navara Black Series was actually pretty pleasant! What started out as a test to see if I could handle such a large vehicle actually became quite an interesting experience. The powerful engine and SUV like interior definitely contributed to my positive experience, while the the reverse camera was hugely useful!
While I would probably never own one in my lifetime, it’s nice to see Nissan outfitting their pickups with features from their car and SUV models, making them as comfortable as they are utilitarian and practical!
For more info, head over to http://www.nissan.com.my