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.