“We are very proud of the all-new Navara. It not only builds and improves on the workhorse capabilities of its predecessor, but it introduces comfort features previously unheard of in the pick-up segment. The Navara is a crowning achievement for Nissan in its 80-year heritage of pick-up production,” says Xavier Gobille, Director for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Nissan Group of Africa.
Initially, the Navara range will consist of two double cab models in the luxury LE and one double cab in the SE specification, with the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. Both LE models will be powered by the new 140 kW YD25 intercooled diesel engine with variable turbo charger (high output), linked to an award-winning coil spring, five link rear suspension for pick-up capabilities and SUV ride quality. The SE model comes in a 120 kW YD25 variable turbo charged engine (mid output) as well as the five link coil spring with shock absorber.
Striking new bold design
The striking new design of the all-new Navara centres on the next-generation V-motion grille. The V-shape of the bold chrome grille flows into the creased bonnet and is resolved on the tailgate, which features a stamped V-motif.
The first hints of the Navara’s SUV features are seen in the full LED-headlights with boomerang-style LED daytime running lights and bright LED side indicators in the mirrors.
Viewed in profile, Nissan’s designers have created a unique sporty stance by mixing convex and concave folds above the oversized fenders and across the doors. The B-pillar has been blacked out and the roof has been lowered by 20mm to further strengthen the design and aid aerodynamic efficiency.
Also visible from the side view are rear privacy glass, side steps and striking 18” alloy wheels (16” for the SE) with a diamond cut finish. The rear view reveals bold new rear lights, a high-mounted stop light and integrated aerodynamic lip on the tailgate.
Variable turbo power
· 140kW and 450Nm (LE)
· 120Kw and 403Nm (SE)
· Wide flat torque curve, peaking from 1 500rpm
Powering the new Navara is the next Generation YD25DDTi, variable turbo diesel engine. The engine combines common rail direct injection and turbocharger with electrical Actuator and low compression ratio to produce high power from low engine speeds. The high output engine delivers 450 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm and 140kW at 3600 rpm on the LE grades. On the SE grade, the mid-output engine delivers 403 Nm torque at 2 000 rpm and 120 kW at 3 600 rpm.
Award-winning drive train and suspension
· First coil spring five link rear suspension in a mainstream 1 ton pick-up
· Electronic and mechanical drive aids promise superior off-road capabilities
Judges of the International Pick-Up of the Year Awards spent a great deal of time on the advancements in this area of the all-new Navara. While a number of ‘passenger-vehicle-turned-pick-up’ models or SUV conversions have in the past boasted a semi-independent rear suspension, the Navara pioneers a built-for-purpose coil spring five-link rear suspension fitted to its solid ladder-frame chassis.
This set-up has been lauded across the world, especially for the intelligent way engineers have enabled the fitment of either a standard leaf-spring set-up for workhorse Navara models or the SUV-style coil spring five-link rear suspension on the double cab models.
The locally launched double cab models feature the new coil spring rear suspension. The set-up combines traditional pick-up load-carrying capabilities, with the benefits normally associated with an SUV with a similar suspension set-up. These include better road holding, car-like ride comfort even over rutted gravel roads and better tracking through high-speed corners.
Luxury crossover interior
· SUV-like luxury
· Standard touch screen navigation and infotainment system
· New Spinal Support front seats
The unique rear suspension is not the only SUV-style addition to the new Navara range. Nissan has borrowed from its vast SUV playbook to deliver one of the most luxurious interiors to be found on any pick-up.
While similar in dimensions to its predecessor, the new cabin features larger doors for easier ingress and egress, a 23-degree slanted rear bench for greater comfort and more rear legroom and a host of creature comforts, such as the first in class dedicated rear air vents and even an electrically operated rear cab window.
Behind the steering wheel, the driver is welcomed by a brand-new cockpit design. The design centres on the touch-screen infotainment and navigation system that is standard equipment across the range.
The on-board Audio system has a colour 5” display tuner, CD/MP3, USB connectivity and Bluetooth with audio streaming – all operated from the steering wheel.
A secondary Drive Assist Display is mounted in the instrument cluster and allows for the driver to view most information and control a host of functions, without removing his hands from the multi-function steering wheel.
The new Navara is fitted with Spinal Support front seats that feature, among other innovations, a new spinal channel in high-density foam. These seats are designed to distribute body pressure on the seat surface and have been proven to reduce fatigue significantly over long journeys. The host of standard luxuries is very comprehensive and includes automatic headlights, air conditioning, cruise control, three 12V sockets in the cabin, an automatic dimming rear-view mirror and 2 airbags.
The new Navara also offers luxury features such as dual zone climate control and keyless entry with a Start/Stop button as standard on LE models.