Nissan Atlas Truck models to buy


The Nissan Atlas, also synonymous with Nissan Cabstar (European market) is a series of light-duty trucks that has gone through six main generations, each with its own distinctive features and improvements.

As of 2024, almost all these newer and older models can still be seen in the worldwide truck market, hence, we thought of providing a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through these various models and generations.

In this blog post, we will compare and contrast the features of these six generations of the Nissan Atlas trucks, in terms of Nissan atlas interior, exterior and performance while highlighting what makes this truck a reliable and versatile choice for various needs.

First-Gen Nissan Atlas F22 Truck (1982 – 1992)

In February 1982, the NISSAN ATLAS trucks stepped into the scene, succeeding the NISSAN Cabstar and Homer. The F22 model introduced the Atlas 100 (1-ton) and Atlas 150 (1.5-ton), featuring a design with quad round headlights and a cab emphasizing a square structure.

The F22 was available in a wide range of body styles, including a flatbed, a dump truck, a box van, a fire engine, and a bus.

Cab options included the 3-person Regular Cab and the 6-person Double Cab, with both 2WD and optional 4WD for the drive system.

Inside the F22 Nissan Atlas truck, the instrument panel highlighted sharp, straight lines, and a distinctive feature was the vertically positioned fuel indicator and water temperature gauge next to a large-speedometer.

Nissan Atlas F22 Truck

Engine options included a 1,595cc gasoline engine with 95 horsepower, a 1,952cc gasoline engine with 105 horsepower, a 2,289cc diesel engine with 68 horsepower, and a 2,488cc diesel engine with 70 horsepower.

Minor changes in November 1986 brought adjustments to the front area design, including an extended front grille and light bezel in the body color. The diesel engines were upgraded to 2,300cc/76 horsepower and 2,500cc/82 horsepower, enhancing overall performance.

In June 1990, new gasoline engines were introduced: a 1,600cc/76 horsepower and a 2,000cc/91 horsepower, alongside a 2,700cc diesel engine with 90 horsepower.

Second and third Generation Nissan Atlas F23 Truck (1992 – 2007)

In January 1992, the second-generation model of the Atlas emerged. The second generation of the Nissan Atlas truck (F23) was introduced as a major redesign of the F22 utilizing a more modern and aerodynamic appearance, with a larger cabin and more comfortable interior.

The outer design saw the transition from quad round headlamps to double rectangular headlamps, a redesigned front grille, and the relocation of the NISSAN emblem.

Nissan Atlas parts
Cabin Assembly of 1994 Nissan Atlas Truck

Interior improvements included added trimming for increased comfort, and the consolidation of the speedometer and tachometer for enhanced visibility.

Nissan Atlas F23 2nd Generation

Engine options comprised a 1,600cc gasoline engine with 76 horsepower, a 2,000cc gasoline engine with 91 horsepower, a 2,300cc diesel engine with 76 horsepower, and a 2,700cc diesel engine with 85 horsepower (net value). Transmission choices included 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic.

In subsequent years, there were engine replacements and removals, with a 3,200cc diesel engine with 105 horsepower added in August 1997.

Nissan Atlas F23 Interior

Minor design changes in June 1999 included a wing-like front grille and new headlamp designs. The gasoline engine was changed to a 1,998cc with 120 horsepower.

Further additions and improvements occurred over the years, including the introduction of the Atlas 10 LPG in October 2000, power windows as standard in August 2002, and driver’s seat SRS airbags in August 2004.

Nissan Atlas F23 Interior Air bags
SRS airbags in August 2004
Nissan Atlas F23 Interior power windows
power windows as standard in August 2002

4th Gen Nissan Atlas F24 Truck (2007 – )

In June 2007, with significant changes to the outer design, the third generation of the Nissan Atlas truck (F24) was launched as a joint venture between Nissan and Renault. The F24 was based on the Renault Maxity platform, and shared many components with the Renault Master and the Opel Movano. The F24 had a more refined and stylish design.

Nissan Atlas 150 truck F24

The front headlight design became more vertical, integrating blinker lights, and the side window design allowed for increased visibility.

The cabin’s length and height were extended for improved comfort, and controls on the steering wheel aimed at finding the optimal driving position were added.

Nissan Atlas F24 Interior

Loading capacity expanded to include 1.7- to 2-tonners in addition to the existing lineup up to 1.5 tons. Engine options featured a 2,000cc gasoline engine with 130 horsepower and a 3,000cc turbocharged diesel engine with 130 horsepower. Transmission choices included 5-speed or 6-speed manual and 5-speed or 6-speed automatic.

Various improvements, including enhanced fuel economy and adherence to emission standards, were made to the diesel engines, securing tax exemptions and discounts in Japan.

In April 2015, further improvements to the engine and changes in tire size led to increased fuel economy for 4WD diesel engine 1.5-tonners, resulting in reduced taxes for registered vehicles.

5th Gen Nissan Atlas F25 Truck (2021 – )

Nissan Atlas F25 Interior

The Nissan Atlas F25, launched in 2019, is essentially a rebadged version of the Isuzu Elf facelift. This means that many of the design and mechanical updates from the Elf are present in the Atlas F25, providing enhanced reliability, improved engine performance, and updated styling features.

The 5th generation Nissan Atlas Truck features several interior upgrades and design changes from the previous F24 model. Here are the key differences:

  1. Cabin Comfort and Space: The F25 has an improved cabin with more space and comfort. The cab height has been increased, and the space in front of the seats has been expanded to enhance comfort and ease of movement within the cabin.
  2. Storage and Utility: The F25 model offers enhanced storage solutions, including additional and more conveniently located storage compartments. This makes the interior more practical for commercial use.
  3. Technology and Displays: The F25 comes equipped with a more advanced vehicle operating information display that provides real-time data, including fuel consumption, which supports eco-driving and easier maintenance. The F24 also had a display, but the F25’s system is more sophisticated and user-friendly.

6th Gen Nissan Atlas F26 Truck (2023 – )

The Nissan Atlas F26, launched in September 2023, is a rebadged version of the 7th generation Isuzu Elf. This latest iteration introduces significant design and functional updates, influenced by Isuzu’s advancements.

The F26 cab design is dynamic yet approachable, merging toughness with a friendly, forward-thinking aesthetic. The redesign ensures a unified appearance across standard and wide cabs. The front of the cab is purposefully divided into zones:

  • User Utility Zone: The upper white panel, ideal for attaching corporate logos.
  • Brand Expression Zone: The middle section featuring the Nissan logo.
  • Functional Expression Zone: The lower black-painted grille area, housing cooling and engine air intake mechanisms along with front radar.

The F26 Nissan Atlas truck features LED headlamps, offering high illuminance, power savings, and long life. LEDs are also used for turn lamps, fog lights, and position lamps. New LED headlamps with variable light distribution are available, though not for rigid models. Additionally, the double cab configuration can accommodate up to seven people in the wide cab variant, ensuring both convenience and comfort.

Nissan Atlas F26 Truck Interior

Developed with a focus on the driver’s perspective, the F26’s interior space is designed to support daily business needs. Key interior features include:

  • 7-inch Instrument Display: Positioned centrally in the instrument cluster to minimize eye movement and improve visibility. It provides real-time updates on safety devices and vehicle condition, with alerts delivered via sound and color.
  • Optimized Instrument Panel Switches: These are grouped into four zones for different functions, enhancing ease of use.
  • Steering Wheel Switches: For safer operation, frequently used controls are integrated into the steering wheel, allowing drivers to maintain focus on the road.
  • Driver’s Seat: Equipped with low-resilience urethane for reduced fatigue, armrests, heated seats, and lumbar support. The redesign also optimizes the driving position, making it suitable for a diverse range of drivers.

Important Stats Regarding Nissan Atlas Trucks

The average fuel consumption for the Nissan Atlas is around 17 miles per gallon (MPG). This figure can vary slightly based on driving conditions and specific model configurations​ ​.

The Nissan Atlas typically ranges in price from approximately $3,000 to $7,500 depending on the model year and condition​.

While specific top speed data for the latest model is not readily available, previous models of the Nissan Atlas, such as those with the 3.0L turbo engine, typically achieve a top speed around 95-100 mph (153-161 km/h)​


In conclusion, as of 2024, the Nissan Atlas truck has evolved over six generations from a simple and sturdy truck to a modern and sophisticated vehicle that can meet various demands and preferences. With the knowledge provided through this post, we believe that you can now make an informed decision regarding which Nissan Atlas model to go for according to your specific needs.

By Kavindu Motors

Truck Enthusiasts and Truck Parts Dealers based in Sri Lanka

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