NEW NAVARA LEAVES ITS MARK
GOOD LOOKS AND PERFORMANCE
ON the way home, I spotted a brutish load of much needed concrete slabs.
With my little hatch wincing at me, I sized up the mission.
Then, as luck may follow a unicorn to town, along came the opportunity to use a new Nissan Navara dual cab.
With the mission aboard the Navara's tray, the torquey twinturbo-diesel motor had the half tonne of concrete suddenly feeling like a suitcase of Isla Fisher's undergarments as it blasted up the hill.
The 2.3litre diesel is impressive. Easily keeping up with the horde of Texas Ranger show-offs, the Navara makes no fuss and rewards good driving with economy of around 9 litres per 100km.
Also impressive is the ride from the link-and-coil sprung rear suspension.
The interior is civilised, albeit slightly dated, cruise control is a breeze to work, likewise the rest of the steering wheel functions.
The seating is comfortable, even for a longer journey.
The new Navara is impressive in both looks and performance.
The test vehicle was a 4x4 ST dual cab, the second from top in Nissan's extensive offering of Navaras: there are 26 to choose from, $37,899 to $59,995 driveaway. Ours was $53,742.
The ST comes with LED running lights and headlights, smart 16-inch alloys with bigfoot tyres, a touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with sat nav, a reversing camera, and Bluetooth streaming.
It also has an alloy sports bar with integrated high-mounted brake light and front foglights, and alloy sidesteps for easier cabin entry and exit. Ours had a sunroof too.
Specwise, the Navara has a mass of 1960kg and a 3500kg braked towing capacity.
The motor makes 140kW/ 450Nm and drives through a seven-speed automatic which can be switched to manual, but why would you?
A rotary dial on the dash lets you select from 2WD and 4WD high and low range and the steering has an impressively tight turning circle.
In the safety sector, the Navara has driver and front passenger front and side airbags, driver's knee airbag and side-curtain airbags, and has a five-star safety rating. A bute-ute, well worth discovering, for this is the future of small truckology, no doubt.
Nissan's handsome new Navara ST. Verdict: