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Diesel V6 could return to Nissan Navara

Nissan’s tie-up with Mercedes-Benz could land the Japanese maker a beefy new engine offering



Nissan may soon reap its own benefits in the utility alliance with Mercedes-Benz, in the form of a shared diesel V6 engine.

Mercedes-Benz will bring its much-anticipated X-Class utility to Australia in 2018, using a platform heavily shared with the Navara dual-cab.

While the X-Class will borrow the same architecture and 2.3-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel as the Navara in base model derivatives, it is the flagship model, featuring a 3.0-litre V6 with expected 190kW/620Nm outputs, that is piquing interest over at the Japanese car-maker.

“There could be an opportunity there,” Nissan chief performance officer José Muñoz told motoring.com.au at the Detroit motor show this week, implying his interest.

“Honestly, I do not know the plan beyond what is already announced but everything is on the table when it comes to that partnership.”

The terms of the agreement mean Nissan could re-introduce a diesel V6-powered Navara to market. The car-maker previously offered the ST-X 550 in the D40 Navara, fitted with a Renault-sourced 3.0-litre oil-burner producing 170kW and 550Nm.

The move would see both Nissan’s Navara and Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class offer a direct rival to Australia’s only V6 diesel-powered mid-size ute, the (180kW/580Nm 3.0-litre) Volkswagen Amarok V6.

Muñoz said that under the partnership with Benz, there were several important benefits for Nissan, in return for it supplying the basic underpinnings to the X-Class.

“In general the partnership with Daimler is working very well. The partnership was planned to be limited to a few projects and then it started to grow. It has been great for both parties,” he said.

“In opportunities that we do together, we evaluate from both sides, so for them this project is interesting because they didn’t have a pick-up and now they have it.

“For us, it’s interesting. All the ideas they have behind product engineering, behind quality, the production system and also the positioning of the product.

“Every product has got opportunities on both sides. This is not done on one element. We have established a strong partnership so that we look at different angles on every project.”

By Sam Charlwood Full article available at: http://www.motoring.com.au/diesel-v6...navara-105366/
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I wonder what Merc will think of the quality control issues that the NP300 seems to be having?
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I wonder what Merc will think of the quality control issues that the NP300 seems to be having?
What issues is it having?

As a v6 D40 owner I got quite excited reading this article.

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What issues is it having?

As a v6 D40 owner I got quite excited reading this article.
If you have a read throught the tech section on NP300 there seems to be issues with heaters, central locking and external temperature gauge missing, a few others too!
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If you have a read throught the tech section on NP300 there seems to be issues with heaters, central locking and external temperature gauge missing, a few others too!
Right, will do! Thanks

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But you are right. Having spent a decade in a 2.5, the V6 is so much better.

Have you seen that VW are dropping the little engine and moving to V6 only, albeit 3 different power outputs.
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Not sure about the VW and to be honest i am currently kitting out my v6 Nav for a few years Overlanding. The timing of the Merc v6 release just seems to coincide when i think it will be time to move on.

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Only problem then is could see is the weight, would take it over the 2040kg dual purpose ??
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Yes. Specs are on VW website.
VW has the advantage of modern AWD sytem; not sure about NP300 w/Merc engine, or NP300 badged as Merc (which is what it is).

Personally I'd pick VW over Nissan any day of the week for engineering design and build quality. Bad customer service though....
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Only problem then is could see is the weight, would take it over the 2040kg dual purpose ??
It seems likely, that like the VW, that it will go over the dual purpose threshold.
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