First Drive: Nissan Navara Visia

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nissan has launched the Navara Visia as the entry-level model in its pick-up line-up – allowing the brand to compete at a point in the market where it feels it was previously under-represented.
 The Visia takes a 144hp version of the manufacturer’s 2.5-litre dCi engine, which produces 350Nm of torque, rather than the 190hp engine that powers the majority of the Navara range.
With a price tag of £17,995, excluding VAT, Nissan says the Visia will compete for business sales with Toyota’s Hilux HL2 and Mitsubishi’s L200 4Life.

Despite the lower power output the Visia does not lack grunt and the engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The interior is functional but surprisingly comfortable for a model aimed at the workhorse end of the market.
ESP is standard and other features include part-time four-wheel drive, aircon, six airbags, a CD player and Bluetooth.


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