Nissan Wants To Develop A Ranger Raptor Rival

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept revealed in 2016 (photo from: AutoGuide)

With the announcement of the Ford Ranger Raptor bringing quite a disturbance in the global pick-up truck segment, automotive brands like Nissan is eyeing to develop a performance-spec version of the Navara to compete with the buffed up Ranger.

Based from an AutoGuide report, on March 6, Nissan filled for a patent application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for ‘Navara Off-Roader’ name. The badge is reserved under Nice Classification (an international system used to classify goods) Group 12 which is for land, water and air vehicles and vehicle components.

Renault-Nissan light commercial vehicle head Ashwani Gupta in a previous interview with Australian website Motoring said that Nissan is not keen on creating a product like the Ranger Raptor. But things seemed to change and later on expressed their interest in developing a product that will fit the off-road focused sub-segment.

“If you would have asked me this question yesterday (about a Raptor rival) I would have said this is not in our priority list,” Gupta said in February. “But if you are asking this question today then I am saying this is an opportunity we would like to study.” he added.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept revealed in 2016

The Ranger Raptor has vamped up features from the base mode like rugged exterior design, off-road spec tires and the juicy Fox suspension system. Under the hood, the Ranger Raptor will be available with a special 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine with power rated at 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

If you doubt Nissan developing a high performance pick-up truck, you should remember that Nissan and Mercedes-Benz partnered for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up and rumors have it that Nissan could use the same 3.0L V6 turbo diesel for the Benz pick-up.

If Nissan would really consider producing the high performance Navara, the Ranger Raptor will not be the sole spot-sitter on the pick-up truck sub-segment.

Should Nissan finally decides to rival the Ranger Raptor, the Philippine market will definitely hold high hopes with the ‘Navara Off-Roader’ being locally available as the local automotive market have seen high performance cars from Nissan like the 2017 Nissan GT-R and the recently revealed Nismo GT-R.

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