Nissan Navara – Take Three

Nissan has just released its third update to the current generation Navara, first released under the NP300 model designation in 2015.

Nissan has just released its third update to the current generation Navara, first released under the NP300 model designation in 2015.

As vehicle updates go it’s fairly mild, though. There are a few new features on selected grades, wider model application of some existing equipment, plus suspension and steering revisions on the most popular body style in the range, the dual-cab models.

Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST X 20 front view

New to the top-specification ST-X King Cab and Dual Cab is Around View Monitor that uses four cameras to provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle in the 7” infotainment central screen, to make easier work of parking. All Dual Cab variants are now provided with ISOFIX child restraint mountings in the outer rear seating positions.

A digital speedometer will make it to the standard equipment list of SL, ST, and ST-X models (i.e. all bar DX and RX grades) from June 2018 production. Load restraint in pickup variants produced from June 2018 onwards also improves. The top specification ST-X with the Utili-track system will have four extra tie-down hooks fitted in lower positions, while RX, SL, and ST versions will have their fixed tie-down eyes relocated to lower positions in the tub.

Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST X 20 engine

Navara buyers will be pleased to know that more models now include a rear-view camera and sat nav as standard. All pick-up models will have a camera displaying in the infotainment screen, or in the case of RX specifications, in the rear-view mirror. King Cab ST now has sat nav which brings it in line with its Dual Cab sibling.

Leather accented, 8-way power-operated and heated front seats, and leather accented door trims will be offered as a $1500 option for all ST-X Dual Cabs and King Cab ST-X with auto transmission. Also now on the options list, a tilt and slide sunroof is available for $1000 on ST-X Dual Cab 4×4.

Under the metal is where Nissan have made much needed gains. It results from over 12 months of development and validation work, largely performed in Australia, and aimed at improving steering and ride quality to better suit Australian conditions and roads.

However, the changes will only apply to the five-link suspension in Dual Cab SL, ST and ST-X grades. The rear coil springs on these models will now be of dual rate design. The first stage lower spring rate provides a comfortable ride in unladen or lightly laden conditions.

The second stage higher spring rate helps maintain better ride height and handling when carrying higher payloads or towing. Ride height unladen had increased by 25mm, while laden height is 40mm higher than before.

Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST X 20 internal

Also changed is the steering ratio provided by Navara’s rack and pinion steering. It’s now ‘quicker’ with less turns lock to lock and a more direct and ‘connected’ feel.

There have been some minor price rises for eight selected models only, of between $200 and $500.

Navara comes in 27 pick-up and eight cab-chassis versions. There’s a choice of Single Cab, King Cab and Dual Cab body styles, two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. Prices start at $25,990 for Single Cabs, $28,490 for King Cabs, and $33,490 for Dual Cabs.

In other news, Nissan revealed that a V6 diesel is under consideration for Navara, and hot off the press, the company has announced that a new rugged body-on-frame design SUV wagon, the Terra, is around the corner. We believe it will be based on a Navara platform and released first in China, with other Asian markets to follow. The company will release further details in April though.