The pickup truck has solidified a reputation for being a utilitarian workhorse since its inception. The previous decade showed an evolution in this segment, turning these utility machines into all-conquering vehicles that complemented varied lifestyles, as opposed to just being plain tools on wheels. The Nissan Navara is a prime example of that evolution.
Although the top-of-the-line Pro-4X is the Navara’s cream of the crop, the VE variant sits in a nice spot in the lineup in terms of looks, features, performance, accessories and pricing. In other words, it’s like a reliable and attractive mechanical timepiece that caters to people who seek great value for money, versatility, reliability and tasteful appearance.
In the style department, the midrange Navara VE sports cleaner body contours from the side with all the updated design cues you’d expect from the current lot. The refreshed front fascia stands out and manages to convey a strong presence on and off the road, showcasing the new robust grille outlined in chrome and flanked by the same quad LED headlamps you’d find in the top trim options. The 17-inch alloy wheels hold their own against other offerings, and retain the confident stance of the truck from any angle.
To further enhance the value of the Navara VE, a slew of accessories is available to owners who desire to add a bit of personalized flavor to a truck that already has a strong spirit for adventure.
Nissan has put together three customized accessories packages: the Full Package, which is a complete line of exterior enhancements; the Tough Package, which gives a more aggressive look; and the Exterior Protection Package, which provides an extra layer of protection in crucial areas. Feel free to inquire about these bundles at your dealership of choice.
The Navara VE’s cabin boasts an inviting atmosphere of sportiness filled with creature comforts, safety features, and useful amenities. Form meets function with a refreshed look highlighted by a more sophisticated dashboard design. This is topped off by a handsome three-spoke steering wheel equipped with controls for multi-information display, cruise control, hands-free calling, and audio entertainment. Of course, it isn’t a proper Navara without the Zero Gravity seats in the front row, nicely upholstered to provide hours of fatigue-free touring comfort.
The Navara VE is available with accessories for owners who desire to add a bit of personalized flavor to a truck that already has a strong spirit for adventure
The Navara VE has onboard tech shared with its flagship sibling, and it certainly doesn’t scrimp on modern niceties that truck lovers look for. In fact, the eight-inch Nissan advanced touchscreen display audio has a rearview camera and provides entertainment with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The vehicle also comes with dual-zone digital climate control with rear vents to ensure everyone won’t sweat it out during any trip.
As always, safety and driver assist are a prime focus here. In the Navara VE, these include six airbags, hill-start assist, intelligent forward collision warning with emergency braking, and cruise control. Another notable safety feature is the vehicle dynamic control with active brake limited slip and trailer stability control. These functions can all be seen working from the seven-inch full-color display in the instrument cluster.
In an age when the modern Filipino go-getter thrives on adventure and prefers experiencing mobile life to the fullest, the Navara VE is the sensible, all-around weapon of choice. It is powered by the tried-and-tested 2.5-liter YD25 turbodiesel mill that pumps out 187hp and 450Nm, and is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. This truck has options for both 4×2 (P1,369,000 for VE Calibre MT 4×2 and P1,459,000 for VE Calibre AT 4×2) and 4×4 (P1,499,000 for VE MT 4×4) drivetrains, and answers the need for capability, reliability and efficiency while satisfying one’s desire for ample power when the occasion calls for it. Whether on or off the road, the Navara has car-like ride refinement courtesy of its rear multilink suspension that now has dual-rate coil springs (another exclusive feature in this class).
A pickup truck that truly embodies the ideal union of practicality, purpose and individuality, the Navara VE is a solid crowd-pleaser. Best of all, it comes with an unbeatable five-year or 150,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.
For more information about the Nissan Navara, please go to this website.
NOTE: The prices are inclusive of the provisional safeguard duties.
This branded article was produced in partnership with Nissan Philippines.