2020 Nissan Navara AT32: refreshed off-road raider now available

  • Rugged pickup gains aluminium shielding and improved tyres
  • Available with a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic
  • Pricing kicks off at £42,850 excl. VAT

Nissan is now taking orders for the revised Navara Off-Roader AT32 – the popular pickup truck’s most off-road capable variant – which boasts a raft of upgrades.

Developed with Icelandic firm Arctic Trucks, the AT32 has been a staple of the Navara range since 2018, and Nissan claims this fresh version is more efficient and better to drive than the outgoing model.

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What makes the AT32 different from any other Navara?

Arctic Trucks (represented by AT in the name and also responsible for the Isuzu D-Max AT35) brings a wealth of enhancements to the Navara to improve its go-anywhere abilities.

As well as getting the same range of engine and gearbox updates as the rest of the Navara line-up – which was overhauled in mid-2019 – the 2020 Off-Roader AT32 now features underbody panels upgraded to a new ‘lightweight aluminium material’ to better protect vital mechanical bits from scrapes and rogue rocks.

Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 2020 - side view, white, with optional snorkel air intake

There are also chunky new 31.6-inch Nokian Rotiva AT Plus tyres that are said to improve both on-road efficiency and off-road capability for the AT32.

Other gubbins carried over from the previous version includes a suspension system sourced from Bilstein and beefed-up wheel arches. Model-specific badges are tacked on too, with a set of stickers and 17-inch black alloy wheels rounding out the visual changes.

The satin black alloys have dual valves, for faster – and apparently more accurate – adjustment of tyre pressures when moving between terrains. Some off-road driving is best done with reduced pressure for safety and grip.

What’s performance like?

There’s nothing new or special under the Navara AT32’s bonnet, with the same 190hp 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel also used elsewhere in the range making its way under the bonnet here.

Nissan hasn’t confirmed performance figures of revealed any revised max payload capacity, though the outgoing model is capable of carrying up to 1,027kg.

How much will it cost me?

Pricing for the 2020 Nissan Navara AT32 kicks off at £42,850 for manual models, though anyone after the seven-speed automatic will the price increased to £46,870.

As well as all the Arctic Trucks goodies, both versions include hill start assist, hill descent control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a 360-degree parking camera as standard. Optional extras include a sunroof (£400), full-sized spare wheel (£400) and locking front differential (£3,250).

What if I want an even more extreme Narava?

Nissan doesn’t offer an AT35 model like Isuzu and Toyota – which would involve even larger tyres and bigger bodywork – but you can enhance the Off-Roader AT32 with some functional extras.

Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 2020 - side view, white, mountains

These include the snorkel air intake pictured here, which increases wading depth to 800mm, and an electronic front differential lock for increased traction on slippery surfaces.

When can I get behind the wheel?

Though orders are now being taken at Nissan dealers across the UK, so while the exact arrival date is yet to be announced you shouldn’t have too long to wait.

Also read:

>> Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 review (2018 model)

>> Nissan Navara full review

>> 2020 Isuzu D-Max AT35 full details

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