The Nissan NP300 Navara has been spotted in Malaysia, on the MRR2! We thank Adam Shaharel and Nazirah Taib for the photos. This VL-spec vehicle’s body stickers reveal some of the features on offer: 2.5 litre DDTi VGS turbodiesel engine, VDC, TCS, HSA and HDC.

Thanks to an upgraded cylinder head, the YD25 engine’s fuel economy is said to be improved by as much as 11%. Two states of tune are available globally – 160 hp/403 Nm and 188 hp/450 Nm. Seeing as our current Navara has 174 hp/403 Nm at its disposal, it wouldn’t be too much to hope for the higher tune, surely? No new 2.3 litre YD23 for us, sadly – that’s for Euro 5 fuel-and-up markets.

Gearbox choices should comprise a six-speed manual and a seven-speed auto. The four-wheel drive system is switchable on-the-fly; non-4WD models will send drive to the rear.

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We should get the new five-link rear suspension instead of leaf springs, which could do wonders for ride and handling. Rear air-con vents are a segment first, as are many other features usually found on more urban and sophisticated vehicles.

The NP300 Navara measures 5,255 mm long, 1,850 mm wide and 1,785 mm tall, with a 3,150 mm wheelbase. That makes it slightly longer and lower than its predecessor, while having a 50 mm shorter wheelbase, which affords it a smaller turning circle.

The new Mother Trucker’s appearance here suggests that its local launch is on the horizon – meanwhile, read our Thai test drive report and global reveal coverage to learn more.

UPDATE: The Nissan NP300 Navara is now on display in Malaysia – details and gallery here.