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