Australians are still in love with SUVs right now, and one would imagine that a brand new pair of Nissan four wheel drive vehicles would be an automatic release here. Sadly, this is not the case, although the new Nissan Navara AT32 SUV and Terra wagon models would be a good fit, there are other factors to consider. Let’s take a closer look at these two vehicles and find out if an Australian release is likely.
Nissan has had significant success here in Australia with some solid off road vehicles such as the eY62 Patrol. Many of these cars are tested elsewhere, and then a decision has to be made if they are suitable for our unique environment. The two current stand out cars have to be the new Nissan Navara AT32 SUV, and the four wheel drive Terra wagon. Nissan Australia has made overtures that they want to see both of these vehicles here, so let’s take a look at both of them.
The Nissan Navara AT32
This is a modified dual cab ute that’s packed with some high quality equipment. The most extensive modifications have been supplied by Arctic Trucks, including a safari snorkel, modified shocks and springs, underbody protection and new wheels shod with high quality all terrain tyres. The purpose is to make an already capable off road performer into a real go anywhere vehicle.
The general manager of corporate communications for Nissan Australia is Karla Leach, and she has stated “We are actively working on securing the AT32 for Australia,” she later added, “We firmly believe it would be a popular addition to the lineup for Australian customers.”
The high end dual cab ute has become popular recently as a more affordable and practical bridge between the workhorse ute and an SUV. Many aftermarket businesses have sprung up to cater to this new market with body kits and modifications to tailor the vehicle further. However, the Navara AT32 would certainly meet many of these needs, and there would be a full warranty on those offroading extra parts.
The Nissan Terra Wagon
The Terra is a four wheel drive wagon that’s powered by a 2.5L four cylinder diesel engine paired with a seven speed automatic transmission. It has a rear locking differential, great ground clearance, and excellent low range gearing to navigate tougher terrain. Nissan has claimed that the wheelbase used on the Terra has class leading approach and departure angles.
Karla Leach has also spoken about the Terra; she said “Terra is a vehicle we think would work well in Australia,” and she later added, “However a launch in Australia is still under investigation.”
Based on the available information, it seems like a Navara AT32 is more likely to be released here, and the Terra may pass us by. However, at the moment we have no concrete information on an Australia release for either, and we look forward to learning more.