NISSAN has unveiled the smarter, safer, and connected Navara with a host of new features designed to boost the appeal of the award-winning pickup.
The latest Navara receives several key changes. These including a new 6 speed manual gearbox, revised alloy wheel designs, and the latest in-car connectivity. Multi-link rear suspension has now been added to the King Cab, making this feature standard on all models. At the same time critical utility vehicle features improve with an increase in braking performance, payload up by 46kg (dependent on model) and more torque available on the 163PS version.
Andrea Patti, LCV Category Manager at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said “The multi-award winning Navara once again sets a new benchmark in the pickup sector, combining the best of Nissan’s Crossover leadership with over 80 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing robust and cleverly engineered pickups.”
Unique in its segment and now fitted to ‘King Cab’ takes the multi-link rear suspension system, with new dual stage coil springs, to the full Navara range. With a revised set-up, the rear posture is raised by 25mm to give the pickup an upright and more powerful looking stance, whilst continuing to deliver a more comfortable and dynamic ‘car-like’ driving feel. As a result, Navara’s payload also increases by up to 46kg, dependent on model.
The 163PS 2.3 dCi engine is now fitted with two turbo-chargers, similar to the higher powered 190PS version, to produce 425Nm of torque, up 22Nm from the previous version. Both outputs now conform to the forthcoming new Euro 6d-temp emission standard. Completing the powertrain improvements is an all-new six-speed manual gearbox that features longer gear ratios and a shorter shift pattern, providing a less frequent and slicker gear selection.
Safety has been improved with a reduced stopping distance along with a 40% reduction in braking force. This has been accomplished by changing the rear drum brakes to discs and callipers along with larger front brake discs (+4mm) and an increase to the boosters size (+1”). Trailer Sway Assist is now incorporated into the whole range.
Exterior upgrades include new 17” and 18” alloy wheel designs and new black bezel inlays to the LED headlamps.
Inside the cab, fitted as standard from N-Connecta grade, is Nissan’s latest generation Nissan Connect entertainment system featuring an 8” touch screen and Apple Car Play, to give owners the latest in-car connected technology. New features include smartphone integration, with customers able to locate the vehicle, lock/unlock the vehicle, check vehicle health (fuel and fluid levels) and send their destination to the vehicle’s satnav ahead of departure.
The Nissan Navara is priced from £21,850 Basic Retail (excl. VAT, VED & FRD) for the 4WD King Chassis Cab Visia 6 Speed Manual, rising to £31,125 Basic Retail for the range topping 4WD Double Cab N-Guard 7 Speed Auto.
In calendar year 2018, global sales totalled 231,435 units – a 6% increase year-on-year – establishing Navara as Nissan’s highest selling pickup worldwide.