Nissan introduces Middle East to Navara
Redesigned and Reengineered all-New Pick-up Navara was launched for the Middle East market at an event held in Spain, where the capabilities of the vehicle were showcased at the rugged Pyrenees Mountains of Barcelona.
Nissan hopes to conquer the market with best in class fuel efficiency and durability with lowest maintenance costs. The commercial vehicle will feature striking new exterior and interior and will be engineered for performance and comfort in a manner inspired by SUVs. The all-new Navara has already been named International Pick-up of the Year 2016 in Europe.
Key Features of the all-new Pick-up Navara: 2.5l (diesel and gasoline) offering the highest horsepower in its class of 168 Hp and 403Nm of torque (within 2.5 and 2.7 liter engines range) • Class-leading 7-speed automatic transmission and the only Japanese pick-up to offer a 6-speed manual transmission • Capable Four-wheel drive on call • 4HI mode while driving up to 100km/h • 1-ton payload • All-new rigid leaf suspension system for better ride comfort and improved handling
PRICE: AED 67,000 to 103,000
2016 Toyota Innova impresses families and business alike
With its strengthened frame and SUV-inspired styling, the all-new Toyota Innova enhances the scope of a Multi purpose vehicle (MPV). The 2016 Innova is designed to provide a spacious and comfortable journey for up to eight passengers, regardless of the road or weather conditions.
The chrome-plated moulding of the trapezoidal grille has been designed to connect with the headlamps while the top profile of the side windows dynamically slopes down towards the rear. In the rear, not only are the rear combination lamps eye catchy and positioned higher, they have been added with Aero Stabilising Fins – contributing to stability and controllability.
Inside, the new Innova is suggestive of hotel-like plushness and space. The new Toyota Innova is available either as a 7-seat model (with captain seats for second row) or with an 8-seat (60/40 split, fold-down seats for second row) configuration option. Seatback tables have been integrated into the front seatbacks. Headroom has grown by 5 mm in front and 10 mm for the third-row seats, while the second row comfort has been enhanced with ergonomic shapes and material as well as optimal seat firmness.
Drive and technology
Innova comes with a cruise control function and an all-new air-conditioning unit engineered to work efficiently at full occupancy. The driver-friendly instrument panel features a 4.2-inch TFT colour Multi-Information Display, showing driving information, idling-stop time and Eco-Drive indicator.
The new Innova is available with a 2.7-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp and 245 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed super-intelligent Electronically Controlled Transmission. The new suspension has a double wishbone in front and a 4-link suspension in the rear, along with advanced damping technology to control driving force based on actual road conditions. This adds up to a more comfortable ride with less vibration.
Advanced Safety technology
The Innova features safety tech like a full-colour Rear View Monitor System, an advanced Pedestrian Protection Performance system where impact-absorbing structures are used for engine hood, front fender and cowl to reduce impact force on pedestrians during a collision. The 2016 Toyota Innova comes with the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) for the front seats along with a knee airbag for the driver.
Options and Price
The all-new Innova is available in 6 exterior colours across all Al-Futtaim Motors showrooms. Prices start at AED 92,900 for the SE grade, AED 98,900 for the SE+ grade, and AED 102,900 for the top of the line Limited grade.
2017 Nissan Altima follows Maxima design cues
If the grille had a new wide grin, could it be kept away from the face of popular Nissan vehicles for too long; especially an Altima? New 2017 Nissan Altima bearing the striking character that we saw in the all-new Maxima has been unveiled for the Middle East – this includes design features that Nissan calls “Energetic Flow” exterior styling theme and the “Gliding Wing” interior layout.
All panels and pieces ahead of the A-pillars are new in the 2017 Altima – the chrome-trimmed V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights, the wide sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights and prominent chrome-trimmed grille. There is a lot more drama than the 2016 Altima, which is still attracting people to Nissan showrooms this Ramadan.
Halogen high beam and projector low beam lights are new in front while the rear is marked by a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new trunk lid and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that give the rear a premium feel.
Central to the new interiors is the revised C-stack with available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays for the Navigation with Mobile Apps. The Acoustic windshield provides a new level of quiet in the cabin. Nissan has responded to customer requests with added comfort features from a reshaped Zero Gravity front seats to twin cup holders on the center console that have space for mug handles.
The technology and Drive
In the game of one-upmanship when it comes to tech, it is Altima’s turn to stay ahead of the pack until someone else adds more at another launch. So, the safety tech introduces Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) besides the Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The steering in SL grade can now provide precise and real time road input.
Nissan claims the X-Tronic D-Step CVT equipped in the new Nissan Altima to be among the quietest and most fuel efficient at 13.2km/L, thanks to an improved coefficient of drag (0.26 Cd from the current 0.29 Cd*)
Options and price
Additional colors for 2017 includes Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red and Pearl White and a new 17-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel designs.
The Nissan Altima 2017 is expected to be on sale in a couple of months and will be available in five grades – 2.5 S, SV, SL and 3.5 SV and SL grades: priced from AED 79,000 to 106,000. (Market specific prices will be announced at respective launches.)
If you are considering a Nissan Altima purchase, you may also benefit from the review of the current Altima