What's it like?
Step up into the Navara Trek-1° and you’re greeted by leather seats and a dashboard that looks like it’s been peeled straight out of the Qashqai. A 7.0in touchscreen featuring a DAB radio and sat-nav is the highlight, and makes the Trek-1° feel like a well-specced SUV - a character that remains when you first get moving.
Since there are no mechanical changes to the Trek-1°, our car, equipped with the more powerful 187bhp engine and seven-speed automatic 'box, hides it 1991kg kerbweight with equal aptitude to its siblings. The engine’s healthy 332lb ft, available from 1500rpm, helps the pick-up surge along, with good rolling acceleration and impressive motorway cruising capabilities.
This performance left us convinced that claims for a 3.5-tonne towing ability are justified, although we weren’t able to test it.
Our car’s automatic gearbox (the picture above shows the manual version) was quick to flick between gears and added to the premium feel of the Trek-1°, but the ‘box does have a tendency to hesitate before kicking down, which slightly hinders your ability to overtake slower traffic on B-roads.
That being said, the overall breadth of ability demonstrated by the driveline is on par with the very best in this segment. The four-wheel drive system can be adjusted through three modes. Two-wheel drive offers the best fuel economy, four-wheel drive offers the best pulling power and four-wheel drive low can provide maximum off-roading traction. Adjustable via the flick of a switch, the system confirms the Navara’s hardy character remains, despite its more conventional-looking interior.