The eagerly awaited Nissan Navara is now available in South Africa. The launch line-up comprises a trio of well-specified 4x4 derivatives available in 2 spec levels: SE and LE. The range’s pricing begins at R514 900 and a 3-year service plan, plus 6-year warranty, are standard.
Whereas there has been a lot of attention on the arrival of the V6-engined facelifted Volkswagen Amarok and the luxurious Mercedes-Benz X-Class in the near future, the most pertinent development in terms of the current South African double-cab market is undoubtedly the arrival of the new Navara, which is currently imported from Thailand but will soon be built at Nissan's Rosslyn plant.
From a technological point of view, the Navara takes a bold step forward for the leisure double-cab market through the adoption of a 5-link coil rear suspension (as opposed to traditional leaf springs) in conjunction with an independent double wishbone front setup, which sets the newcomer up with the potential to set a new standard for ride comfort in its segment.
Power comes courtesy of a 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 140 kW and 450 N.m and is mated with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. All derivatives have a payload of 1 tonne, a 750 kg unbraked towing capacity and can pull braked trailers of up to 3 500 kg.
In terms of standard specification, the entry-level SE derivative comes with 16-inch alloys, LED daytime running lamps, second-row privacy glass, chrome-look grille, door handles, mirrors and rear bumper, a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, plus a 6-speaker CD/radio/auxiliary input/USB colour touchscreen infotainment system with 3D navigation and Bluetooth connectivity/audio streaming functionality.
Other nice to haves include keyless entry, automatic headlamp activation, self-dipping mirror, second-row headrests, ventilation outlets for rear passengers and reverse-view camera.
LE derivatives further feature 18-inch alloys, roof rails, the 2-channel Utili-Track loading system, push-button start/stop, dual-zone climate control, rear park distance control, rear interior lights, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Safety-wise, the Navara range is comprehensively equipped. ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction and stability control systems plus a brake limited slip differential are all standard, plus a full complement of airbags: dual front and side, plus driver’s knee and full-length curtain units are fitted.
Nissan Navara prices in South Africa
2.3D SE 4x4 DC R514 900
2.3D LE 4x4 DC R565 900
2.3D LE 4x4 DC auto R584 900
All prices include a 6-year/150 000 km manufacturer warranty and 3-year/90 000 km service plan.
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