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Nissan Navara Series II ute range announced

By Jez Spinks, 28 Oct 2016 Car News

Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara ute line-up has been expanded and upgraded with the introduction of a new variant, equipment changes and suspension tweaks for dual-cab models.

The Nissan Navara ute line-up has been expanded and upgraded with the introduction of a new variant, equipment changes and suspension tweaks for dual-cab ute models.

Nissan’s update arrives 16 months after its latest, NP300 Navara was released into showrooms, and is based on customer feedback received since.

The biggest changes are reserved for the popular dual-cab Navara. A new SL model slots into the middle of the 4x4 offerings, priced from $43,990. It sits between the entry-level RX (from $39,990) and ST (from $46,990), with specification more closely related to the latter. The Nissan Navara ST-X, from $51,990, remains the range-topper.

Nissan has also revised the suspension of the dual-cab models that are commonly bought as lifestyle vehicles rather than just purely workhorse utes.

New dampers, rear coil springs and rear rebound dampers are designed to improve ride and handling, as well as stability when the Navara is carrying a payload in its tray.

A few spec changes to the dual-cab range include the ST-X’s sunroof being made optional rather than standard, while fold-out, floor-level cupholders are removed from the rear cabin. The RX dual-cab and single-cab both ditch carpet for a more durable vinyl floor, and the ST grade adds navigation as standard.

The RX 4x4 cab chassis is now available with the Navara’s seven-speed auto as an option to the standard six-speed manual transmission.

Both transmissions remain linked to one of three unchanged engines: a 2.5-litre petrol with 122kW of power and 238Nm of torque; a 2.3-litre turbo diesel with 120kW and 403Nm; and a twin-turbo version of the 2.3L, producing 140kW and 450Nm.

Prices increase by $1000 for a number of models in a Navara range that now comprises more than 30 variants to help its battle against a large group of competitors including the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton.

Prices range from $19,490 to $55,490 before on-road costs are added for a model.