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Nissan Navara N-Guard - tough new special edition at the IAA 2018

  • Latest special edition Navara piles on the style
  • Based on top-spec Tekna so loaded with kit
  • Makes debut at 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show

The latest pickup manufacturer to go heavy on the black detailing is Nissan, with this new N-Guard special edition version of the Navara.

With a name influenced by the Navara EnGuard concept vehicle from the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, the new N-Guard special seems to carry on where the previous Trek-1° limited edition left off – adding even more attention-grabbing style to an already highly-specified pickup.

The new model made its debut at the 2018 IAA show, alongside a new Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept.

>> A-Z of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show 2018

What’s special about the Nissan Navara N-Guard?

In what’s described as a ‘contemporary design upgrade,’ the major visual difference between the Navara N-Guard and the Navara Tekna it’s based on is the liberal addition of black paint.

Nissan Navara N-Guard AT32 at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show - rear view

All of the following items are now blacked out:

  • Front grille
  • Front foglight surrounds
  • Door handles
  • Door mirrors
  • Side steps
  • Roof rails
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

On top of which, the inside of the headlights has been darkened and the sunroof glass has been tinted – it’s a really thorough attempt to make an already mean machine look even more sinister.

It’s also the latest in an increasingly lengthy list of lifestyle pickups to get such treatment, with others including the Ford Ranger Black Edition, Isuzu D-Max Stealth, Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP, VW Amarok Dark Label and – of course – the Nissan Navara Trek-1° edition.

Any extra standard equipment on the Nissan Navara N-Guard?

To prove that Nissan hasn’t gone totally goth, it’s offering a choice of three paint shades: Twilight Grey, Metallic Black and Storm White – with the cost of this metallic and pearlescent finishes included as part of the package.

Special stickers extend along the sides from the doors to the load bed.

Nissan Navara N-Guard special edition - white

Meanwhile, on the inside there are new seats in a dark grey and yellow design, which is certainly eye-catching. This theme carries over into the door trim and floor mats as well. Sadly there aren't any pictures of this yet. Perhaps it's too terrible to photograph.

Potentially most intriguing, however, is that the N-Guard gets a set of headlamp washers as standard – something that’s not even available as an option on the rest of the UK Navara range.

Nissan Navara N-Guard standard equipment and optional extras

There’s only one optional extra available for the N-Guard – a rear differential lock to help with trickier off-roading. Though if it’s off-roading you want to do with your Navara you’re probably better off looking at the AT32 version, with its raised suspension and 32-inch tyres.

An AT32 N-Guard was on diisplay at the 2018 IAA CV show, and we understand that this version has now been confirmed for the UK.

Nissan Navara N-Guard AT32 - black

Since the N-Guard is based on the regular-range-topping Tekna, standard equipment is exceedingly comprehensive. Highlights include:

  • Hill-start assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Surround view camera system

It’s fitted with the most powerful Navara engine – a 190hp 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel – and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.

There’s also a five-year / 100,000-mile warranty, as with every Nissan light commercial vehicle.

How much is the Nissan Navara N-Guard and when does it go on sale?

The Navara N-Guard is priced from £28,075 excluding VAT – or £29,525 with the automatic gearbox.

It’s on sale now.

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