Navara with Al­ti­tude

Up­dates have en­hanced Nis­san’s dual cab, writes Bruce McMahon

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

MAYBE fash­ion­istas have al­ways been right — the colour black makes things look slim­mer. Be­cause the Al­ti­tude Blue Navara out the front looks much big­ger and bolder than my fam­ily’s old black dual-cab D40.

Sure, this up­graded ver­sion is a lit­tle longer in the nose. A re­vised grille and front bumper have added 80mm to the length.

Sure, these ST-X ver­sions now sit on 17-inch wheels and have more power and torque from the diesel.

But these things do not in­crease bulk that much. Maybe it’s be­cause the new one is clean, un­scratched and a hand­some blue.

Any­way, there haven’t been whole­sale changes with the top-of-the-tree Navara D40.

But there are worth­while changes, from smarter dash­board de­tails to the ad­di­tion of elec­tronic trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol as well as en­gine tweaks for the 2.5 litre diesel.

The Nis­san Navara is a pop­u­lar dual-pur­pose ma­chine. The one at home has been used for tours in the Out­back as well as a bit of farm

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