Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

LESS than two years af­ter its launch, Nis­san has re­sponded to buyer feed­back and re­vised the Navara’s sus­pen­sion.

Up­dates to the Navara, launched in May 2015 with a “softer” and more SUV-like in­te­rior, in­clude firmer set­tings for the five-link coil­spring rear sus­pen­sion for in­creased sta­bil­ity un­der load and when tow­ing.

Prices have gone up $1000 on nine vari­ants in the nearly 30-strong line-up. The only ex­te­rior change is the re­moval of the rear NP300 badge — it stood for the global name­plate, Nis­san Pick-up, but only caused con­fu­sion for Aussies who knew it as Navara.

In the up­date, the sun­roof is an op­tion on the ST-X rather than stan­dard and sat­nav is stan­dard on STs. The RX dual-cab chas­sis gets au­to­matic and man­ual gear­boxes. Adding to the range, the SL with twin-turbo diesel and man­ual driv­e­train gets steel wheels and vinyl floor cov­er­ings for $43,990 plus on-roads.

Nis­san boss Richard Emery says the Navara ute goes neck and neck with the XTrail as the brand’s best­selling model in Aus­tralia, so con­cerns about delet­ing the pre­vi­ous diesel V6 have “gone away”. The six gave the pre­vi­ous model brag­ging rights as Aus­tralia’s most pow­er­ful tradie ute but NIS­SAN NAVARA PRICE From $25,990 (du­al­cab from $32,990) SAFETY 5 stars EN­GINE 2.3-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 120kW/403Nm; 2.3litre 4-cyl twin-turbo diesel, 140kW/450Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 6-speed man, 7-speed auto; RWD/4WD THIRST 6.3L-9.9L/100km Emery reck­ons the turbo fours meet “con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions around drive­abil­ity and ef­fi­ciency”.

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