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Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the Nissan NP300 Navara – the all-new pick-up truck is currently on display at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre in range-topping VL-spec. As mentioned earlier on, order books for the new ‘Mother Trucker’ are now open with an estimated entry price of RM85,000. The VL variant you see here has been tagged with an estimated price tag of RM125,000.

Exterior wise, the VL should be the one to go for despite its relatively steep price as it features LED headlights replete with daytime running lights (DRL) – the lesser variants are all equipped with halogen lights instead. Elsewhere, the VL is equipped with roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. Said wheels are wrapped in 255/60 Toyo Open Country A25 tyres.

Under the bonnet, the 2.5 litre YD25DDTi four-cylinder turbodiesel engine pumps out a total of 190 PS at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque – said power figures help mark it out amongst the range as the rest get a detuned version of the same mill. A seven-speed automatic transmission with Manual Mode is offered.

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Interestingly enough, a peek underneath the truck reveals that this particular unit has leaf springs at the rear instead of the multi-link rear setup. With that said, keep in mind that this is a Thailand-spec unit – Malaysian units will feature the aforementioned multi-link rear suspension.

Unfortunately, we were unable to gain access into the cabin of the Nissan NP300 Navara but one can rest assured that the interior will have quite the amount of standard kit. The brochure lists a multifunction steering wheel, leather-wrapped zero gravity-inspired seats with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat (with two-way lumbar support) and a five-inch display with six speakers and AUX, MP3 and USB connectivity.

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Additional driver conveniences includes an i-Key with push-start button and a reverse camera. As for standard safety kit, the VL-spec Nissan NP300 Navara is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control, Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), hill start assist and hill descent control.

Colour options include Brilliant White, Diamond Black, Tungsten Silver and Savanna Orange. With the car already on display for all to see, it’s safe to assume that a local launch has been scheduled to take place in the near future. Meanwhile, you can read our review of the truck to find out how it drives here.

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