The Nissan NP300 Navara has been caught in Malaysia once again, following its initial unofficial debut back in February 2015. With sightings (hopefully) increasing in frequency, one can only hope that the local debut of the 12th-generation Nissan pick-up is nigh.

While we only have two shots of new Mother Trucker, a closer look reveals a 4WD badge plastered on the side of the cargo bed while zooming in on the front door reveals a ‘2.5 DDTi VGS Turbo’ tag. That should be enough to hint at what lies under the bonnet – a 2.5 litre YD25 turbodiesel engine.

Two states of tune are available, a base map pumps out 161 hp at 3,600 rpm and 403 Nm at 2,000 rpm of torque while the cranking up the engine churns out 188 hp and 450 Nm of twist, achieved at the rev point. The turbocharger is electrically-actuated. Two transmission choices are offered along with said mill – a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox.


The Navara’s 4WD system is switchable on-the-fly while non-all-paw models will send power to the rear wheels. Aside from that, Malaysian-spec models are also expected to receive the new five-link live axle rear suspension (a first in the segment) – leaf springs are still included but word is that it will only be confined to Thai-spec vehicles due to regulations there.

Another segment-first will be the inclusion of rear air-con vents, which should help it stand out further from the competition. We’ve already driven the NP300 Navara in Thailand, read all about it here. For more information, check out the global debut coverage.

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

GALLERY: Nissan NP300 Navara driven in Thailand