This is the Nissan Navara VL Plus, a new range-topping variant of the pick-up truck that was announced earlier this month by Edaran Tan Chong Motor. As its name suggests, it builds on the VL in terms of spec, adding on new equipment and safety features.

The Navara VL Plus gets the Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), a parking aid that’s also available on the X-Trail SUV and Serena S-Hybrid MPV. The system utilises four cameras to provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle for easier navigation in tight spots. A digital speedometer is now included in the Advanced Driver-Assist Display instrument cluster.

More importantly, safety equipment gets a boost, with the VL PLus bringing the total airbag count to seven (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbag). The VL gets three airbags (dual front plus driver’s knee) while the rest of the NP300 range comes with two.

The above three points are what’s new on the VL Plus, which is priced at RM119,869 on-the-road, without insurance and GST. That’s a RM5,840 premium over the RM114,029 VL, which already comes with goodies such as 18-inch alloys, LED headlamps and DRLs, fog lamps, leather seats and steering wheel, keyless entry with push start, dual-zone auto air con, cruise control, and a powered driver’s seat.

If the truck looks more macho than usual here, it’s because of the Black Series styling package, which bumps the price up to RM123,643. The pack includes matte black trim on the headlamp eyelids, front grille, front bumper, side mirror covers, fog lamp surrounds, front/rear overfenders and sport bar.

No mechanical changes from the VL, which means that the Plus is powered by a 2.5 litre turbodiesel with 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The VGS Turbo oil burner is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and a four-wheel drive system with on-the-fly mode switching. Grades E to V have a less powerful 2.5L engine with 163 PS/403 Nm.