Jumat, 13 Juni 2014

New Car: 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara

Nissan has pulled the veil off the pickup it teased on its Instagram page last week. The pickup is the redesigned global 12th-generation Nissan NP300 Navara, which has been sold as the Nissan Frontier in the U.S. since 1998, and could hint at the next-generation Frontier pickup.

With the redesign, the new Nissan NP300 Navara appears to be an evolution of the current Nissan Frontier. Up front, the NP300 Navara features the automaker’s “V-motion” grille design that flows through the hood, which is flanked by bold front fenders. The headlights feature “boomerang-shaped” LED daytime running lights, a styling element we've seen on some U.S.-market Nissans. The current Frontier’s slab sides have been replaced by swooping body lines and a shallower greenhouse. The B-pillar is also blacked out. Nissan says the new NP300 Navara has more ground clearance, a lower roof height, and larger loading area.
Underneath the new body, the NP300 Navara features “a more rigid and durable frame” and is said to be lighter overall. Like the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the NP300 Navara will be available in king (extra) and double (crew) cab models, as well as rear-drive and four-wheel-drive variants. The four-wheel drive system can be engaged while the vehicle is in motion. Four-wheel-drive models also feature Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Hill Descent Control (HDC). The NP300 Navara will be available in narrow- and wide-body configurations, according to Nissan.
Influenced by the automaker’s SUVs, the NP300 Navara features a higher-quality, more stylish, and more ergonomic interior compared to the current Navara. Material quality, aluminum-like trim, and double stitching lend to the pickup's premium feel. The instrument cluster now features a TFT information screen that can display navigation, audio, fuel economy info, and more.
The NP300 Navara is offered with a choice of a 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine or a 2.5-liter turbodiesel I-4. While power ratings for the gas engine weren’t revealed, the turbodiesel engine is rated at 188 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque peak output, with 297 lb-ft available at 2000 rpm. While those powertrains will do well in most global markets, we expect the next Nissan Frontier to also offer a V-6 engine and possibly the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner concept’s 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel I-4 to compete against the Colorado and Canyon twins’ available 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engines.  
A six-speed manual or seven-speed manual transmission, which should aid acceleration, will back the engines. Fuel economy is said to improve around 11 percent with the revised powertrains. Nissan says the new NP300 Navara has a smaller turning radius than before.
Thanks to: Motor Trend

Spied: 2016 Bentley SUV

The first Bentley SUV prototype has been spotted testing. While the prototype is covered in tight-fitting matte black camouflage, the front end, profile, and taillights are clearly visible. Unlike the poorly-received Bentley EX9 F concept, with its single large headlight and foglight, the prototype features a Continental GT-like front end with a large inboard headlight and smaller outboard light.

The front end also features an upright grille with single vertical bar and chrome mesh inserts. That theme carries over to the wide lower air intake and rounded side air intakes below the headlights. From the side, the Bentley SUV prototype has a similar profile to the Porsche Cayenne SUV with its sloping rear window and roof spoiler. Not surprising considering the new Bentley SUV will be based on the same architecture that will underpin the next Porsche Cayenne/Volkswagen Touareg/Audi Q7 SUVs. Out back, the Bentley SUV prototype features large rounded LED taillights and oval exhaust tips.

From these spy shots, the Bentley SUV prototype's interior appears to have similar styling and craftsmanship to the automaker’s other models. The instrument cluster features digital gauges with a center-mounted information screen. The center stack and head-up display (HUD) system can also be seen. 
The Bentley SUV is expected to be available with a version of the automaker’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine as well as the more efficient 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Expect the Bentley SUV to be ready for the 2016 model year.
Thanks to: Motor Trend

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