If you’re not familiar with it, the Nissan Navara is the pickup offered by the Japanese manufacturer outside of North America. On our continent it goes by the name of Frontier, and this version is a frankly outdated one that first debuted in the mid-2000s (the European-sold Navara got a refresh in 2015).
When Nissan does finally decide to deliver a new Frontier, it will, barring any big surprises, be the Navara. Hence our interest in the AT32 off-roader unveiled by the manufacturer this week in Birmingham.
The backdrop to this is the rough-and-tumble current environment in the pickup segment. Since 2015, only Toyota and GM have renewed their product offering, along with Honda and its Ridgeline, a model with more modest ambitions we should point out. Ford will for its part be bringing back its Ranger shortly, while Hyundai and Volkswagen are both busy preparing their rivals for the Ridgeline.
In this context, it would be shocking for Nissan to keep its pickup entrant in hibernation much longer.