Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 18 Apr 2018
The new Navara has really proven itself since its launch a year ago in South Africa.
To start things off, you immediately notice that the all-new Navara brings with it bold new styling. It all starts with its unique LED eyebrows which extend into the rugged yet sophisticated front fascia. The side profile and rear tailgate cluster tastefully incorporates into the new design and overall bolder styling which this new model introduces.
Nissan offers the Navara with one engine variant only, their 2.3-litre dual turbo powered engine. The engine produces impressive power and delivers 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque. Owing to its impressive torque, the power delivery is overall brisk and I found that most of the oomph comes from the 2000 – 4000 rpm.
The Navara is capable of towing loads of up to 3.5 tonnes and manages to retain a premium SUV style of power delivery and drive. The engine also proves to be very efficient. During my extended-testing time, which included putting the vehicle through very rigorous conditions both on and off-road, I was able to average 10.2-litres/100 km. A very impressive figure when you consider the type of vehicle and capacity it offers.
This latest generation Navara introduces premium interior build and design. The seats are very comfortable and supportive and Nissan has ensured that they add many creature comforts and a lot of smart technology, which will make living with the Navara a very easy and pleasurable task.
At the centre of the dash, you get the Nissan multimedia entertainment system. The system is touch-screen based and offers media through a wide variety of sources including USB and a 3.5mm auxiliary port. The on-board system also includes navigation with 3D mapping and Bluetooth mobile phone pairing as well as streaming and the ability to utilise DVD discs. The vehicle features a large colour centre display and information readout in the instrument cluster and a multifunction controlled steering wheel.
The Navara rides with 229mm of ground clearance, the new raised suspension set-up and smart design allows for a 3-degree improvement in the approach (33.0 degrees), ramp-over (25.2 degrees) and departure angles (27.9 degrees).
When you couple the improved clearance with Nissan’s 5-Link Coil suspension set-up, you get a vehicle which delivers unbelievable performance and control both on and off the road. The Nissan 5-Link Coil suspension setup is a world first and is sure to revolutionise the pick-up market space.
Nissan has come an incredibly long way in the pick-up truck market. With over 14-million pickup trucks sold in over 180-countries around the world, Nissan really is showing the world how to redefine rugged driving and setting new benchmarks.
Nissan Navara Pricing & Warranty in South Africa (March 2018)
The Navara 4×2 DC has a warranty valid for 6 years/150 000 km and a 3-year/90 000 km service plan
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 SE DC MT – R457,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 SE DC AT – R471,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 LE DC – R519,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 LE DC + Leather seats – R532,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 LE DC AT – R538,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×2 LE DC AT + Leather seats – R551,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×4 SE DC MT – R523,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×4 LE DC MT – R573,500
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×4 LE DC MT + Leather seats – R586,500
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×4 LE DC AT – R594,900
Nissan Navara 2.3 4×4 LE DC AT + Leather seats – R605,900