Though the Navara has sold well and received good reviews from testers, its relatively high spec levels (like six-speed gearbox) takes it somewhat into lifestyle-vehicle territory. The NP300, on the other hand, is expected to provide a cheaper, simpler workhorse for those who do not want all the bells and whistles.
Due to go on sale in April, it comes in single-cab, king-cab and double-cab versions. The single cab accommodates three people (marking a welcome return for the front bench seat) and has a 2.2m x 1.4m load area. There’s one engine (a 2.5 litre 133hp unit) a five-speed gearbox, limited-slip diff, 1115kg load capacity and 3t towing capacity. Prices will be announced at the show but should be lower than the Navara.