The Nissan Navara has received a soft upgrade that brings improved suspension and some tech and safety enhancements, resulting in minor price increases to some variants.
Parking the range-topping ST-X pick-up just got easier, with a new ‘Around View Monitor’, which uses four cameras to provide 360-view around the vehicle and its approaches.
Around View complements the reversing camera, which is now offered as standard equipment on all Navara models. It’s viewed within the infotainment screen on SL, ST and ST-X pick-up grades, and within the rear-view mirror on the more workmanlike RX models.
The SL, ST and ST-X models will also feature a digital speedometer housed within the instrument cluster, making it easier to monitor your speed, while the ST king- and dual-cab variants also gains satellite navigation.
Meanwhile, the ST-X dual cab and ST-X king cab auto buyers can now choose a $1500 leather trim option that includes leather-trim heated seats, leather-trim door trim and an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support.
Ride and handling has been enhanced in the SL, ST and ST-X dual cabs, with dual pitch rear springs that are tighter at the lower end, resulting in a more comfortable ride when there is no weight in the tray, but good resistance to heavy loads. Braked towing capacity has also been increased to 3500kg.
As well as enhancing the suspension hardware, Nissan engineers put the new Navara through an extensive tuning program for Australian conditions.
To improve practicality, Nissan has added, and lowered, the tray’s tie-down hook points to make storing loads easier, while the most precious of cargos benefits from the addition of two ISOFix child seat mounting points to the outer rear seats on all dual-cab grades – tacitly recognising these types of vehicles are used for work on weekdays, and family duties on weekends.
Navara pricing remains largely unchanged for 2018, with some variants increasing between $200 and $500 due to equipment changes.
2018 Nissan Navara Dual Cab pricing
- RX dual cab 4x2 manual - $33,490
- RX dual cab 4x2 auto - $35,990
- RX dual cab 4x4 manual - $39,990
- RX dual cab 4x4 auto - $42,990
- ST dual cab 4x2 manual - $40,190
- ST dual cab 4x2 auto - $42,690
- ST dual cab 4x4 manual - $47,190
- ST dual cab 4x4 auto - $49,690
- ST-X dual cab 4x2 manual - $44,990
- ST-X dual cab 4x2 auto - $47,490
- ST-X dual cab 4x4 manual - $51,990
- ST-X dual cab 4x4 auto - $54,490
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