The global head of Nissan’s light commercial vehicles division admits Ford’s Ranger Raptor is a “very interesting pick-up truck”.

Speaking to GoAuto.com, Francois Bailly, the Japanese firm’s global vice-president for light commercial vehicles, said Nissan was examining the success of rivals such as the Ranger Raptor.

“The Raptor is very interesting pick-up truck and a significant success in Australia, but not just in Australia, and we are looking at those trends very precisely,” Bailly told the publication.

However, when asked whether Nissan was considering offering V6 power in its D23-generation Navara, Bailly said he was “not prepared to comment at this stage”.

Meanwhile, Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia managing director, hinted the brand could indeed introduce a six-cylinder once again.

“With the old D40 Navara, we had the V6 diesel, which we unfortunately haven’t had in the D23. But we are working to find a solution,” Lester told GoAuto.com.

He also talked about the possible electrification of the bakkie.

“Electrification is the future, but how it will manifest we haven’t yet decided. This is where we are going, as an industry,” Lester said.