Nissan Navara VL Plus introduced – seven airbags, Around View Monitor, digital speedometer, RM120k

Nissan Navara VL Plus introduced – seven airbags, Around View Monitor, digital speedometer, RM120k

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has introduced the Nissan Navara VL Plus, which rolls in as the new range-topping variant in the local Navara line-up. As its name suggests, the VL Plus adds on new equipment and safety features.

The Plus version gets Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), which is also available on the X-Trail and Serena S-Hybrid. The Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) system utilises four cameras to provide a 360° bird’s-eye view of the vehicle for easier navigation in tight spots and tricky parking situations.

A digital speedometer also finds its way on as part of the Advanced Driver-Assist Display instrument cluster. Safety equipment gets a boost with additional airbags, the VL PLus bringing the count to seven (dual front, side and curtain airbags, as well as driver knee airbag).

Otherwise, no mechanical changes, with the 2.5 litre turbodiesel engine continuing to offer 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system with on-the-fly mode switching.

The Navara 2.5L VL Plus is priced at RM119,869 on-the-road, zero-rated GST and without insurance. If the idea of a VL Plus in Black Series guise sounds tempting, then all you have to do is fork out a little more, in this case RM123,643, for one.

The package of blacked-out components in the package includes matte headlamp eyelids, front grille, front bumper, side mirror covers, fog lamp surrounds, front and rear overfenders as well as a sport bar. The new Nissan Navara 2.5L VL Plus comes with a five-year or 150,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty.

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  • 5seater Navara got more airbags than their 7seater Serena. Lolz!

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    • seancorr (Member) on Aug 01, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      TBH what’s more annoying is the fact that the surround camera view is is displayed on the smaller screen on the dash rather than the HU! It also uses an ancient foot parking brake and there’s no hill assist either which helps a lot especially when you are ferrying 7 adults going up a hill.

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    • Pinky on Aug 01, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      And the RM150K+ X-Trail got the same amount of airbags as a RM23K Perodua Axia

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    • John May 9 Nangis on Aug 01, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      At least Nissan was the first to give many airbags in their cars, long before Proton did.

      Non national car cares for the rakyat.

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      • More than 1 airbag and u consider many kah? Hahaha! On wait, Almera still comes with 1 airbag!

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        • Pilihanraya Kalah Teruk on Aug 02, 2018 at 8:30 am

          poor john always aiming so low in life. People talk about Teana and above.

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      • Anbarasu Ramalingam on Aug 02, 2018 at 8:59 am

        Hey, get ur facts right. Proton Preve was the first to come up with 6 airbags way before all these Japs did in Malaysia.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Aug 01, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    TCM finally updated their Navara. Just like the X-Trail, the Navara was equipped with just two airbags and the X-Trail is still the same!

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  • KualaLumpur on Aug 01, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Go for the 2.2wildtrak instead. Don’t be fooled by the gimicky stuff here.

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  • How can it says 88km/h while the speedo is pointing at 0

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  • I am XT on Aug 02, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Typical Tan Chong, withheld what should have been a standard features nowadays and release it as new range topping model. What’s next? Put some bodykits and re-release it aero Edition or x-tremer? Come on la TC. If you don’t have the numbers then don’t assemble. Just import from Thailand at least we can get facelifted models or new models faster.

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