It seems that we're in the down of the high-performance mid-sized pickup. There's the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Ford Ranger Raptor these days and it looks like there will be more contenders in the future. If a file from the European Intellectual Property Office is to be believed, we might just see a factory-tuned Nissan Navara in the near future.
Just a few days ago, Nissan filed the trademark in the EUIPO and they are looking to reserve the 'Navara Off-Roader' under Nice Classification Group 12. That specific group is for land, water and air vehicles and vehicle components. Given that off-road rally ready pickups have started rising in the global market, this might just be an indicator of things to come for the Nissan Navara.
On the flipside, this patent could also signal a new variant or trim level for the Navara. As of now, there aren't any clear indicators as to what Nissan's direction will be for a more off-road oriented Navara. Given that Nissan has just filed the patent, it's unlikely that we'll see it within the year with two to three years more being a more viable time frame.
For now then, the world has to wait and see where this patent will go. As far as patents are concerned, the name might not even see the light of day. Of course, that doesn't mean that possibility of a Ranger Raptor-rivaling pickup isn't there. Perhaps then it's safe to say thay Nissan is exploring the possibility of a beefed-up, off-road ready Navara.