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Nissan Navara Revealed As Global Ford Ranger Competitor: Video

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The new Nissan Navara, or Frontier as it’s known in some markets, has been revealed ahead of its launch in Thailand. Nissan is touting the fact that the Navara offers a variety of best-in-class technologies, including an array of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features and safety systems, which it hopes can enable the new pickup to compete with the Ford Ranger on the global market.

Among the Nissan Intelligent Mobility features that will be available across the global Navara and Frontier lineup is Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which monitors the second vehicle ahead as well as the vehicle directly in front to reduce the risk of multi-car accidents. Additionally, Intelligent Emergency Braking activates the brakes to avoid collisions.

Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras to help drivers better see people and cars surrounding and approaching the vehicle, making it easier to parallel park or to position the vehicle when hitching to a trailer. New to the system is an off-road monitor, which checks surrounding obstacles at low speeds when in four-wheel-drive mode.

The new Nissan Navara features a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity, additional truck bed volume. and a new integrated step in the rear bumper for easier access to the truck bed. A new steering rack has been adopted to enhance maneuverability at low speeds and steering response across the speed range. In addition, the Navara touts a significant decrease in vibration and improved noise isolation over the outgoing model.

In terms of styling, the new Navara features Nissan’s “unbreakable” design language, which introduces a rugged, bold look that’s also easily recognizable. The front grille features an interlocking design, while new squared C-shaped headlamps light the road ahead.

Nissan will offer its PRO-4X grade for the Navara and Frontier for the first time on the new model. The PRO-4X grade comes with its own unique, sporty look, with a black emblem, orange-accented front bumper, black grille, door handles, roof racks, and running boards accented by 17-inch black wheels and all-terrain tires.

The new Navara goes on sale in December in Thailand, and in other markets at an as-yet-unnamed future date.

We’ll have more on Ford and Lincoln’s competition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Ranger news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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