New Navara GTX 4x4: Living up to its legacy

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Sunday, July 7, 2013


THE Nissan Navara, the one and only sport utility truck, has cemented its place among pickups in the Philippines as being a lifestyle vehicle and not just a utility workhorse to be expected on trucks. Its niche market has adored it since it was first launched; offering the most powerful engine and most car-like ride, despite it being one of the most capable in its segment.

As the Navara still continues to prove its capability and reliability, Universal Motors Corp. (UMC) quietly brings in the new Nissan Navara GTX 4x4.

Equipped with Navara's full suite of high performance features such as the 6-speed manual transmission, 174 horsepower and 403 Nm of torque, a unique 8-crossmember ladder-type frame and a full sized cargo bed and cabin, the Navara GTX keeps the Navara's tradition of innovation as it combines power with technology.

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The 4x4 Navara GTX’s tried and tested 2.5 L 4-cylinder in-line DOHC 16-valve turbo with intercooler diesel engine, enhanced with the highly advanced 2nd generation Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) fuel system, delivers outstanding engine performance.

One of the more known features of the Navara, pulling it ahead of its early competition, is its first-in-class 6-speed M/T. This tranny features a close-ratio gearbox, giving the Navara a higher level of responsiveness compared to competition.

This yields to faster acceleration and smoother shifting for either overtaking, or just fuel efficiently cruising in the express way.

The Navara is also equipped with the largest fuel tank in its class (80 liters) and in tandem with the most fuel-efficient engine; it’s unbelievable how far you can go without the hassle of looking for the next fuel-filling station.

From the outside, the new Nissan Navara GTX has had a minor facelift. Nissan fans will instantly recognize the updated grille design with the more prominent V-pillars and new horizontal fins and the new front bumper design assembly with integrated fog lamps, offering a more aggressive, yet refined look. The new 16-inch 6-split spoke alloy wheel design round it out for a more distinguished presence. Drive with more confidence with the new pair of projector type headlamps with LED type clearance lights.

The Navara GTX delivers long haul durability which nobody else can. Based from the U.S. Nissan Titan pickup concept frame, the sturdy 8-crossmember chassis delivers
enhanced body and frame durability.

Relax and enjoy the trip in elegant ambiance with more than enough room, comparable to other Sport Utility Vehicles. The body-hugging leather-upholstered front and rear seats can provide comfort and luxury even to the most discerning occupants. The fully reclining and sliding front separate seats with individual headrests offer car-like comfort. In addition, the driver’s seat height is adjustable for a better and more
comfortable driving experience.

The Navara GTX comes standard with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) for a more effective braking, regardless of what the situation is. In addition, the Navara features driver and front passenger airbags and the acclaimed Nissan’s Zone Body Concept (ZBD). For active safety, the Navara is equipped with Limited Slip Differential (LSD) to control wheel-spin for minimum traction road conditions; while a third brake light, rear defogger, and front fog
lamps provides clearer visibility when needed to avoid accidents.

Available in four colors and in manual and automatic transmissions, the Navara GTX 4x4 will certainly turn a lot of heads wherever it goes.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2013.

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