Lat­est Navara a strong fol­low-up

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

There is noth­ing quite like a Ja­panese pick-up truck. Take the Nis­san Navara, for ex­am­ple.

Well, ac­tu­ally, the Navara may be the prod­uct of a Ja­panese au­to­mo­bile maker, but the Nis­san’s roots are firmly an­chored in Thai­land. It was even con­ceived in, and is built in that coun­try.

The light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ac­counts for 57.6 per cent of Nis­san’s ex­ports from Thai­land, be­ing shipped to 105 des­ti­na­tions around the world. Since its re­lease in 2015, the one-tonne ute has be­come the most pop­u­lar Nis­san model in Aus­tralia, where it has notched up 27,000 sales.

With the re­cent launch of the Se­ries 2 ver­sion, the tough, ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle is marked out to fol­low the Navara’s telling track.

The Se­ries 2 Navara takes on a new dual-cab model, the SL four­wheel-drive, on top of the present RX, ST and ST-X vari­ants. In­tended as a work­horse, sit­ting be­tween the RX and ST, the new grade adds the 140kW/450Nm twin-turbo diesel en­gine, wide body and wide steel wheels with 225/70R16 7J tyres, rear-view cam­era, LED head­lights and day­time run­ning lights and in­te­rior vinyl floor.

The test ve­hi­cle was the Navara ST 4x4 Dual Cab 2.3 diesel au­to­matic, which comes to mar­ket at $49,490, plus on-road costs.

This is just $1000 up on the pre­vi­ous model, with the stan­dard ad­di­tion of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

A meld­ing of Nis­san pick-up her­itage and mod­ern de­sign sees the com­pany’s sig­na­ture V-mo­tion mo­tif flow­ing from the grille into the bon­net through to the front guard and on to the tail­gate in­cor­po­rat­ing the Nis­san badge.

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous Navara D40 model, im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics aid ef­fi­ciency.

The ST rolls on 16-inch al­loy wheels, and like all new Navaras, car­ries a full-size spare wheel and tyre. An al­loy sports bar with in­te­grated high mounted brake light and front fog lights are stan­dard, as are side steps for eas­ier cabin en­try and exit. In­side, adjustments have been made to in­stru­ment shapes and po­si­tion­ing.

Seat an­gle now com­bines to cre­ate a wider, higher and more spa­cious ef­fect. De­sign and po­si­tion of the door mir­ror and A-pil­lar pro­vide im­proved vis­i­bil­ity.

Spinal sup­port in the front re­duce fa­tigue dur­ing long drives by dis­tribut­ing body pressure on the seat­ing sur­face through the mid­dle sec­tion in the fold­ing seat back to pro­mote a neu­tral pos­ture.

In the rear seat, there is op­ti­mum divi­sion of knee room and body an­gle as well as am­ple head room.

The fo­cus of the cabin is a 7.0inch in­te­grated colour dis­play with touch screen, which in­cor­po­rates satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with 3D map­ping. A USB and aux­il­iary port in the cen­tre con­sole lower stor­age area is easy to reach.

An Ad­vanced Drive As­sist Dis­play pro­vides mul­ti­ple screen op­tions in the cen­tre of the dash­board, be­tween the tachome­ter and speedome­ter di­als and in­clude fuel econ­omy, dis­tance to empty, au­dio in­for­ma­tion and nav­i­ga­tion di­rec­tions.

Blue­tooth phone and au­dio stream­ing are in­cluded, while Nis­sanCon­nect smart­phone in­te­gra­tion al­lows use of apps.

The ST fea­tures a twin-turbo 2.3litre four-cylin­der diesel unit pro­duc­ing 140kW of power at 3750rpm, with 450Nm of torque avail­able in the rev range of 1500 to 2500. The test ve­hi­cle’s seven-speed au­to­matic transmission en­joys an ex­panded range of gear ra­tios, giv­ing a wider range of speeds along with smooth ac­cel­er­a­tion and shift changes. Fuel con­sump­tion is aided by idle neu­tral con­trol, as well a damper torque con­verter, which en­ables low-rev lockup with­out im­ping­ing on NVH.

The shift-on-the-fly 4WD sys­tem lets the driver switch be­tween 2H and 4H at the turn of a switch at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

All five seats in dual cab mod­els have three-point emer­gency lock­ing re­trac­tor seat­belts. The front seat­belts also have load lim­iters and pre-ten­sion­ers and height ad­just­ment. A stand-out fea­ture is a driver’s side knee airbag.

The en­ergy ab­sorb­ing bon­net is de­signed to min­imise pedes­trian in­jury. A re­verse cam­era is stan­dard. New gen­er­a­tion Ve­hi­cle Dy­namic Con­trol with brake lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial im­proves per­for­mance and safety. Anti-lock brak­ing, elec­tronic brake-force con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and brake as­sist are in­cluded.

Crum­ple zones in the body min­imise oc­cu­pant in­jury in the case of an ac­ci­dent, as do sideim­pact door beam and au­to­matic fuel valve cut-off in a rollover.

The re­vised sus­pen­sion makes for a smoother ride on the road un­der vary­ing loads. A fully-boxed lad­der frame de­sign gives the abil­ity to with­stand hard work day af­ter day, and high-ten­sile strength steel in strate­gic ar­eas that en­ables it to han­dle roads with a lat­eral tilt of 32 de­grees.

The Navara Se­ries 2 Dual Cab puts the work­ing man, or wo­man, on a higher plane than pre­vi­ous mod­els with nice touches of con­ve­nience and com­fort, while mak­ing room for fam­ily mem­bers to share in the pleas­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Nis­san Navara Se­ries 2 dual cab takes the util­ity up a notch in own­er­ship.

The re­vised sus­pen­sion makes for a smoother ride.

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