DRIVEN: NIS­SAN NAVARA II PAY­LOAD TEST

Have the Se­ries II re­vi­sions to the Navara’s coil-sprung rear end made it any bet­ter for car­ry­ing heavy loads?

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NIS­SAN’S NP300 (D23) Navara ar­rived in 2015, but it was re­vamped just over a year later as the Se­ries II. Along with a new model in the dual-cab 4x4 range and some spec changes, the rear sus­pen­sion was re­vised for what Nis­san says is “more re­fined ride and han­dling with im­proved lat­eral sta­bil­ity, es­pe­cially when car­ry­ing a load in the cargo area or tow­ing”. In what was un­for­tu­nate tim­ing, the changes were an­nounced just af­ter we had con­ducted and pub­lished a seven-ute tow and load test (see ‘On the Job’), which saw the Navara dis­ap­point. Nis­san said it had made the changes off the back of cus­tomer feed­back, among other things.

Given the changes we thought it only fair to retest the Navara, at least its abil­ity to cope with the same pay­load we used in the orig­i­nal test – namely 800kg in the tray plus driver, pas­sen­ger and other pay­load ad­di­tions such as the tow­bar (so ef­fec­tively a max­i­mum pay­load).

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