There have been three generations of Navaras since 1986. The first was the D21, considered to be a small pick up. After more than 10 years with the D21, the second generation of Navaras were manufactured from 1998 and went until 2005 which was classed as a compact sized pick up. It was replaced with the bigger, taller, longer D40, which Nissan now considers to be a mid-size pick up truck.
The D21 Navara is a compact size pick up truck manufactured from 1986 to 1997. It is better known as the Nissan Hardbody Truck, which replaced the Datsun/Nissan 720 pickup truck.It is known for its extremely reliable engine and fabulous safety.
The D22 Navara is a compact size pick up truck manufactured from 1998 to 2004. However, Nissan continue to build the D22 on a low scale, and is known as "Pickup".
The first D22 Navaras during 1998 to 2001 have a slightly different cosmetic appearance to the newer models (2001 onwards). The styling changes were designed to attract younger buyers into buying the pickup trucks.