Claimed to redefine the popular and ever changing lifestyle bakkie segment, the double-cab only Navara features a number of styling traits borrowed from the bigger US-market Titan XD on first glance, with improvements coming in the form of a bigger loadbay (1 503 mm vs. 1 435 mm), a payload of 1 002 kg and two rating of 3.5-tons for a braked trailer.
Tipping the scales at 176 kg less than the old D40 Navara, the new D23's biggest talking point has been the dropping of the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension setup for a coil five-link configuration, while still sporting a ladder frame chassis.
Aimed at improving ride quality but without compromising on load hauling, the Navara also features a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system allowing for the change from two to four-wheel drive to be done at speeds under 100 km/h. Regardless of when in low or high range four-wheel drive, power delivery and wheel braking is kept in check via a new Active Brake Limited Slip Differential, which works in conjunction with the standard Vehicle Dynamic Control and ABS system.
Up front, the Navara also eschews the old 2.5 and 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engines for a brand new 2.3-litre four-cylinder with twin-turbochargers for a output of 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque. Initially only offered with four-wheel drive, a two-wheel drive model is expected to debut towards the end of 2017, buyers can chose from either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission in two trim levels; SE and LE.
Notable standard features consist of a touch screen infotainment system with USB, Bluetooth, DVD and 3D satellite navigation, electric rear cab window, Spinal Support front seats, climate control, seven airbags and cruise control. A number of exterior add-ons such as nudge bars, rollbars, scuff-plates and black XD wheels are also offered.
A six-year / 150 000 km warranty and three year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models. Look out for our first driving impression of the new Nissan Navara in the coming days.
|Navara 2.3 dCi D/Cab SE 4x4||R514 900|
|Navara 2.3 dCi D-Cab LE 4x4||R565 900|
|Navara 2.3 dCi D/Cab LE 4x4 AT||R597 900|