Nissan is re-introducing its pickup model formerly known as the Nissan Pickup in Europe. The model was withdrawn when Euro-IV emissions regulations came into effect in 2006, mainly because the rotary injection pump-equipped, YD25 2.5-L, direct-injection, turbodiesel engine could not be readily adapted to meet the latest European emissions regulations.
Now the model is back in revised form, badged NP300 and powered by a common-rail injection version of the YD25 engine, similar to that used in the Navara pickup range and Pathfinder SUV in Europe. Compared with the Navara, the engine is a de-tuned version, producing 133 bhp (99 kW) at 4000 rpm and 304 N·m (224 lb·ft) at 2000 rpm—figures identical to the previous rotary pump injection version of the engine. Design features include double overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder.
Buyers will be able to choose from three body styles: single cab, King cab (an extended version of the single cab), and double cab with seating for five. Single-cab models can accommodate a driver and two passengers. King-cab models are equipped with two seats but offer more storage space than single-cab models.
All versions are available with selectable four-wheel drive, and single-cab models are also available with two-wheel drive. A five-speed manual transmission is the only transmission option available, mated to a two-speed transfer box with four-wheel-drive models. This offers a choice of high-ratio two-wheel drive, and high- and low-ratio four-wheel drive. A limited-slip rear differential is standard equipment.
Suspension is independent at the front by torsion bars, double wishbones, and an antiroll bar. Leaf springs are used for the rigid rear axle. Nissan quotes a minimum ground clearance of 230 mm (9.1 in), a wading depth of 430 mm (17 in), and approach and departure angles of 31°. The NP300 can climb a gradient of 39° and can operate at lateral tilt angles up to 48°.
Four-wheel-drive models share a 2947-mm (116.0-in) wheelbase while rear-wheel-drive models feature a slightly longer 2952-mm (116.2-in) wheelbase. Load area lengths begin at 1395 mm (54.9 in) for the double-cab models and extend to 1865 mm (73.4 in) for the King cab. In both cases, the load area is 1390 mm (54.7 in) wide. Single-cab versions feature the longest and widest load area at 2235 mm (88.0 in) long and 1465 mm (57.7 in) wide.
The gross vehicle weight for four-wheel-drive models is 2860 kg (6305 lb), providing a gross payload of 1115 kg (2458 lb) for single- and King-cab models, or 1080 kg (2380 lb) for double-cab NP300s. For single-cab, two-wheel-drive models, the gross vehicle weight is reduced to 2630 kg (5798 lb), but payload is increased slightly to 1120 kg (2470 lb).
King- and double-cab 4x4 models offer a maximum towing capacity of 3000 kg (6615 lb), reducing to 2800 kg (6173 lb) for single-cab 4x4 models and 2000 kg (4410 lb) for single-cab 4x2 models.
The NP300 is built by Nissan Motor Iberica in Spain. The company also produces the Navara pickup, Atleon truck, and derivatives of the cooperatively produced Nissan Primastar, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, and Renault Trafic cargo vans.