It’s here for the long haul
THIRD time’s the charm.
This is Nissan’s third attempt at tuning the suspension on the Navara and it improves the previous version’s decent manners when unloaded while fixing the frustration of the rear squatting and the nose pointing skywards when there’s more than 500kg in the tray.
Nissan persists with coil springs in the rear against the leaf springs fitted to its opposition and this time the Navara sits 25mm higher at the back without cargo and the tray drops by 40mm less when loaded up. The Navara will pull up to 3500kg and has a 970kg payload.
At the moment the Navara ST four-wheel drive dual-cab with sevenspeed automatic can be had for $47,490 on the road for ABN holders. That’s a couple of grand more than in August but deal comes with zero finance.
The three year/ 100,000km warranty is average but servicing intervals are good at 12 months/20,000km and the first three capped visits will cost $1832 (auto) or $1852 (manual).
The Navara posted an ANCAP score of 35.01/37 when it was crash-tested in 2015. Rugged construction and the ride height means it usually comes out on top in a crash and seven airbags will deploy if things go horribly wrong.
There is no optional active safety sensors/software in this version of the Navara. Eventually all pick-ups will get the tech; all new cars launched in Australia from this year need it to earn five stars.
The outside rear seats have Isofix mounts.
The Navara looks and feels like a practical wagon. Given that the segment is now the de facto family car pool, expect the next version to pay more attention to the quality of the interior, from plastics to heated seats.
The ST uses a seveninch touchscreen, has dedicated satnav but lacks smartphone mirroring.
Default gear extends to leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy sports bar with stop light and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Dual-rate springs on the rear make the Navara a marginally better ride on urban roads. The big changes come with a load in the tray and mean the Navara can now realistically achieve its rated payload without having the tray touch base with the bump stops.
The steering rack has also been tuned to take fewer turns from lock to lock, though the turning circle itself is unchanged at 12.4m.
The Nissan Navara ST