The Nissan Nirvana is the name that is also given to the D40 as well as the D22 generations of the pick-up trucks. These trucks are also sold as the Nissan Frontier across different areas of the Philippines. This line of vehicles started production in 1988 and is the predecessor of the D21. The D22 series of this truck had a direct impact on the overall exterior and interior design of the Nirvana. Nissan has been an innovator in truck design since the late 1980s and the second generation of it was built in 1998 till 2005.
The Nirvana first got its name from the Navarre region and European version of this Nissan truck was produced in Barcelona in the Nissan factory. This vehicle was marketed as the NP300 in the various markets throughout Europe. This vehicle was launched with a 174 bhp engine in September of 2006 with a Euro-compliant engine. The Nirvana is available in three different trim levels, including the Aventura, S, SE, and law. Some of the standard features for these vehicles include dual zone climate control as well as satellite navigation and leather upholstery, though they did not become available until later on.
The D40 series of this vehicle was launched in 2004 and classified as a compact and was completely redesigned starting in 2005. This truck used a fully boxed ladder frame and a wheelbase of 125.9” and 205.5” overall. The towing capacity of this vehicle is 6500 pounds. The L VQ-family V6, also known as the VQ40DE, is the standard engine in this vehicle and can produce up to 262 horsepower as well as 281 pound-feet of torque. There is also the QR25DE 4-cylinder engine which was also used in the Nissan Altma and produced up to 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque.
The Frontier, also known as the Nirvana, was sold in Europe with a 2.5 liter YD25DDTi diesel engine capable of 142 horsepower. In 2010 this vehicle underwent a significant facelift with updates to its interior and exterior components. The newly facelifted Nirvana came with a 3.0 liter V6 turbo V9X diesel engine which produced up to 240 horsepower at 2,500 rpm and a revised 2.5 liter dCi unit. The 2011 Nirvana facelift coincided with that of the Pathfinder, adding a much more powerful engine which was rated at 1,700 rpm and 2,500 rpm respectively.
The 12th generation of the Nissan Nirvana was unveiled in June of 2014 for all of the non-U.S markets. This new D23 series was introduced to Thailand as well as other local markets in July of 2014. This vehicle has undergone rigorous safety tests, including a Euro NCAP crash test and received just one star overall. One of the major problems that was discovered during these safety tests included a delayed airbag deployment as well as insufficient seatbelt restraint. These problems were later corrected and the vehicle received a safety rating of four out of five possible stars.
The Nissan Nirvana has received a number of awards over the years, including the highest possible rating for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after all of the necessary changes were made to its design. Although this vehicle is not one of Nissan’s more popular model trucks, it has received quite a few improvements over the years to make it a stronger, faster, and safer vehicle as a whole. This truck has been available in a variety of trims and engines as well, offering consumers a wide range of choices. Currently the Nissan Nirvana is no longer in production but is still considered to be a solid truck from this automaker.