Nissan Navara Trek 1 review

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017   |   Author: Tony Rock

Nissan has added a sprinkling of tasty exterior styling touches to a few hundred UK double-cab Navara pick-ups and is selling them as a special edition extension to the range.

Key Rival: Ford Ranger Wildtrak
On Sale: August 2017

Called the Trek-1°, the 400 limited edition models are based on the top-of-the range Tekna-spec pick-ups, and come in two shades: metallic black or the Trek-1-only hue of Storm White.

Interior and equipment

The What Van? test vehicle arrived in black, and its extras included handsome black 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels, black door handles, black side styling bars, black bed styling bars with forward-facing LED spot lamps, black bed cover with bed divider, and ‘Trek-1°’ decals on the load bed.

The adornments bring extra style and desirability, along with an ex. VAT price of £30,686 for the seven-speed auto version (there’s also a six-speed manual model for £29,270), which is £3k-ish more than the equivalent Tekna-only model.

Move inside and, as with all Tekna-specified Navaras, this special edition is equipped as standard with the likes of leather seats, steering wheel and gear knob, and tech such as satnav and Nissan’s 360° Around View Monitor, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle. All of which makes the cabin a very comfortable environment that with the aid of an admirable on-the-road ride quality warrants the description of ‘car-like’.

It’s still very much a pick-up though, which you are reminded of due to the presence of controls on the dash such as switchable four-wheel drive and hill-descent control.

The only option added to our test vehicle was a rear differential lock (£417 ex. VAT), and the only other option available is a towbar (£314 ex. VAT).

Driving

Engine-wise, the auto 2.3-litre diesel engine provides 190hp alongside a combined fuel economy of 40.4mpg, which is impressive. It delivers plenty of brawn too, making motorway cruising a breeze, while there are a range of safety features included as part of the price, such as Forward Emergency Braking. This system first warns the driver of a potential collision ahead, and if they fail to decelerate applies an emergency brake to prevent or reduce the impact of a crash.

Load bay

As for its ability to carry out its core load-carrying duties, this version of the Navara is, of course, as rugged as ever, and it comes with a payload of 1,045kg and a load bed capable taking a standard pallet between the wheel arches,

Last year, Nissan’s Navara collected the What Van? Pick-up of the Year Award, beating competitors such as the Mitsubishi L200, Ford’s Ranger, and the VW Amarok. The addition to the range of a limited edition carrying a few extra frills certainly won’t harm its chances of repeating the feat again this year.

Trek-1 Double Cab 2.3dCi 190PS 4WD Auto
Price (ex VAT)     £30,686
Price range (ex VAT)     £20,154-£30,686
Insurance  Group    38E
Warranty     5yrs/100,000mls
Service intervals     18,000mls
Load length     1,578mm
Load width (min/max)      1,130/1,560mm
Load bay height      474mm
Gross payload     1,054kg
Load volume     n/a
Engine size/power      2,298cc/190hp
Combined fuel economy     40.4mpg
CO2     183g/km


Verdict


The addition of this special addition model should keep the refined and capable Navara on customers’ radars in the face of fierce competition.

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