Nissan has upgraded its Navara ute range with a focus on improving the suspension that has let it down in the face of stiff opposition including Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger in the all-important dual-cab stakes.
Nissan’s stylists were not apparently required for the Navara update – which drops the NP300 Navara badge and will henceforth be known only as Navara – with most of the changes occurring between the wheels and throughout the chassis.
Models with the five-link coil rear suspension get new dampers to address the disappointing performance of the set up.
The modern rear suspension fitted to the Series 1 models in 2015 was meant to be a vast improvement over the leaf-springs especially for dual cabs with family duties, however rather than providing a best of both words solution it wasn’t refined enough when empty and hard riding with a full tray.
The front and rear dampers are now firmer, and, importantly, the rear rebound has been revised for tighter control which benefits on-road performance but results in a little harsher ride on the rough stuff.
The other change to the range is a new 4x4 dual-cab SL variant, which bridges the gap between the RX grade and range-topping ST.
The SL comes with the RX’s blue-collar-friendly touches including the new hose-down vinyl floor in place of carpet and 16-inch steel wheels while sharing the ST’s frugal but grunty 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel engine, LED running lights and reversing camera.
Like the SX, the SL comes with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions.
The ST retains its refined SUV-like cabin which includes leather in the top-spec ST-X. A sunroof that was previously standard equipment on the ST-X is now a $1000 option, while the ST gains standard sat-nav.
The RX is still powered by the single-turbo 120kW/403Nm version of the Renault-sourced 2.3-litre diesel four-cylinder.
Lower spec, leaf-sprung Navaras carry over their suspension tune and use the single-turbo 2.3-litre diesel engine.
Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery said the Series 2 upgrade finally delivers what the NP300 Navara promised.
“Since this model’s local release in 2015, our customers have applauded its real-world capabilities and strong performance and they have told us they like its great blend of styling, fuel efficiency, driving experience and value for money,” he said.
“And this updated version of the Navara, our most popular Nissan model in Australia, delivers more of what they’ve asked for.”
2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 Dual Cab Pick-Up Pricing
- RX 4x2 manual - $32,990
- RX 4x2 automatic - $35,490
- RX 4x4 manual - $39,990
- RX 4x4 auto - $40,990
- SL 4x4 manual - $43,990
- SL 4x4 auto - $46,490
- ST 4x2 manual - $43,990
- ST 4x2 auto - $46,490
- ST 4x4 manual - $46,990
- ST 4x4 auto - $49,490
- ST-X 4x2 manual - $44,990
- ST-X 4x4 manual - $47,490
- ST-X 4x4 manual - $51,990
- ST-X 4x4 auto - $54,490