Nissan is working on an all-new high-riding vehicle. However, in contrast to the majority of today’s carmakers which are avoiding body-on-frame platform, the Japanese producer is doing making a real truck-based model, which is currently known as the 2018 Nissan Navara SUV. Why Navara? Well, it’s based on the midsize truck and what’s more important, no one knows for sure how it will be named the upcoming model.
Testing prototypes we caught in the past are hiding almost everything. However, judging by the spy shots, the 2018 Navara SUV will largely resemble the current Navara pickup. The testing model features pretty much the same front end with a massive bumper and oversized fog lamps. Above, the SUV sports Nissan’s distinctive V-shaped grille and large headlights. The rest of the body seems to be rugged, while the rear end appears to feature pretty flat roofline, which makes us believe the SUV will definitely get three rows of seating.
Even though we haven’t seen the interior until now, we don’t think it’s going to be shared with the truck. No, because there is no reason for that. The carmaker has better solutions or the cab from the Navara truck, so we expect to see the latest technologies and plenty of standard features.
The 2018 Nissan Navara SUV could easily share engine options with the truck sibling. Moreover, some of the options will be identical without any doubt. However, since the producer has a plan to introduce the SUV to the North American public, it will have to add one more powerful engine as well. Aside from the four-cylinder diesel and gasoline options, the manufacturer will reportedly offer a 3.0-liter twin-turbo. The option produces from 300 to 400 horsepower, so it will be interesting to see how many ponies will get the most powerful 2018 Navara SUV.
Nissan plans to introduce the all-new body-on-frame SUV during the next year, which means we would find out the actual name in the coming months or even weeks. Since it’s going to compete in three-row mid-size segment, the vehicle will most likely cost a little bit over $30K.