NAVARA ADDS A BAKER’S DOZEN
NISSAN has completed the Navara ute range, with the arrival of single-cab, extra-cab and cab-chassis workhorses.
Thirteen new variants mean there are now 27 Navara models from which to choose.
Nissan launched the popular dual-cab 4WD Navara in May. The rest of the range took until now to arrive because the company was ramping up production in a new factory in Thailand.
The range now starts from $19,490 plus on-roads for a cab-chassis rear-drive petrol manual, while the diesel version starts from $25,990.
Extra-cab models — with more space behind the front seats and a larger tray than the four-door utes — start from $28,490 and are diesel only.
The extra-cab ST-X flagship tops out at $51,490 plus onroads.
Nissan has added a basic RX grade four-door 4WD as a cab-chassis option for $38,490 plus on-roads. To date, buyers who wanted to fit their own tray had to remove the factory-fitted tub.
Standard equipment includes seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), Bluetooth, three 12V power sockets and a USB port for portable audio players.
A rear view camera, however, is standard only on the two most expensive grades, ST and ST-X. All models get a 12V socket in the ute tub, as in the Ford Ranger.
Nissan will no doubt welcome the arrival of the rest of the Navara range. Despite the arrival of the new model, Navara sales are down dramatically.
Official Vfacts figures show Navara sales to the end of October were down by more than 20 per cent in a market that is shaping up for yet another record.
Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery told industry journal GoAuto: “Monthly Vfacts numbers and rankings are really an ego trip for MDs and CEOs rather than any true measure of how your business is going.”