Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 14 Mar 2017
The all-new Nissan Navara has just landed on our shores, I went along to the national media launch to drive the new Navara and find out what Nissan mean when they refer to the pick-up truck being redefined.
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 facia. 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 their 2.3-litre dual turbo 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 between the 2000 – 4000 rpm range.
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 testing time at launch, which included putting the vehicle through very rigorous conditions both on and off road, I was able to average 10.7-litres/100km. 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.
During the launch period, I was able to sample the Navara on rough potholed gravel roads, sand inclines and mixed on-road conditions. I am astonished by its ability to simply steamroll rough surfaces and remain balanced and levelled, no matter the terrain.
Nissan has come an incredibly long way in the pick-up truck market. With over 14-million pick-up trucks sold in over 180 countries around the world, Nissan really is showing the world how to redefine rugged driving and setting new benchmarks.
Pricing and range
Nissan Navara 2.3 DDTT 4×4 SE Double Cab MT – R514 900 (incl. VAT)
Nissan Navara 2.3 DDTT 4×4 LE Double Cab –MT – R565 900 (incl. VAT)
Nissan Navara 2.3 DDT 4×4 LE Double Cab AT –R597 900 (incl. VAT)
Black leather seats with heater function optional on LE grade models for R13 000 (incl. VAT).
The 4×2 double cab range is destined for local shores towards the end of 2017 and prices most likely to range between R450 000 and R520 000.