Nissan South-Africa announced on the 21st of June that the new locally produced Nissan Navara is now available at the nearest local dealership. The new Navara comes with significant technical and cosmetic upgrades, which is a step change from the previous Navara.
The major upgrade includes enhancements that ensure it meets the highest global quality standards and is adapted to local conditions. The new Navara includes developments in styling, technology, safety and overall performance. The Navara is known for its rugged redefined looks, robust capabilities, reliability and versatility, and the new Navara is no exception.
These qualities have been enhanced across the board, with particular attention paid to engineering for South African road conditions, including off-road capabilities. The all-new Nissan Navara also comes with an infotainment system with Nissan Connect and an eight-inch touch screen, modernised styling and high-power specs that are sure to impress both existing customers and those looking for a new workhorse or adventure vehicle.
Nissan believes in the qualities of the new Navara and therefore offers it with a warranty plan of six years or 150 000km. The new Nissan Navara is powered by the tried and tested 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine, which allows Nissan to meet its customers’ requirements for low running costs, reliability and performance.
The 2.5-litre powertrain is available in two levels of output. The high output engine, available on higher grade models, delivers 140kW power and 450Nm torque, while the mid-output engine, delivering 120kW power and 403Nm, is one of the most powerful engines in the entry and mid grades bakkie segment.
In addition, the Navara engine line-up includes a 2.5-litre petrol engine delivering 118kW and 233Nm which is available on the entry grade XE Single Cab. The inclusion of Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) makes this range the most technology advanced Navara yet, and the safest too.
Intelligent driving tools can be paired with additional driving assists that help drivers more, sense more and to be able to take swift action. One particular feature is the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which monitors sudden movements of up to two vehicles ahead and alerts the driver of a potential collision risk. This complements the Intelligent Emergency Braking feature, which will activate the brakes in case of no response from the driver to avoid collisions, particularly in urban traffic situations.
On road trips and lengthy commutes, the Intelligent Driver Alertness supports safety and convenience with both visual and audible alerts that encourage the driver to take a break when it detects changes in driving style. For night driving, the Intelligent High Beam Assist feature automatically switches headlights to low beam from high beam when it detects an oncoming vehicle.
Further features warn drivers if they stray outside their lane without signalling and detect vehicles in the blind spot area when changing lanes. The Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras to help drivers notice people and cars surrounding the vehicle and is also useful for trailer hitching. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers of potential collisions when reversing.
Rounding out this emphasis on safety are additional side and curtain airbags, bringing the total to seven. Nissan enthusiasts will notice a distinctly different Navara this time round, boasting a tough, robust appearance that will inspire confidence even on the most rugged terrain. The all-new Navara includes V-Motion identity, an over-fender for PRO-4X grades, redesigned wheels and an increased bed height, new LED headlamps and fog lamps, all built to allow for increased drive ability and ease of use.
Inside, the steering wheel has been restyled and seats have been redesigned for improved comfort and covered in either cloth or leather. It is also a remarkable quieter drive with reduced engine and wind noise within the cabin compared to the previous models. Included is a navigation app, Navi, and up to four USB ports in the Navara, including two quick-charging ports, and three 12V power outlets.
Two devices can be connected to Bluetooth at once.The climate control features ensure that whatever the weather out-side, you will always enjoy a comfortable ride. A dual aircon, with additional vents for rear passengers, means that everyone on board will be satisfied with the settings. The heated side mirrors and rain sensors ensure drive ability is uncompromised even in extreme conditions.
The Nissan Navara offers a unique seven-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with differential lock for easy off -road driving. For the manual transmission models, a new low gear ratio improves acceleration response, ease of driving, and ease of starting uphill.
The six-gear manual transmission offers ergonomic shift operation with smoother and more precise gear selection and reverse gear engagement. When four-wheel drive mode is engaged, traction is distributed evenly to all four wheels and a wheel slipping is avoided in severe conditions.
The new Navara will earn its keep with improved load and tow capabilities. Its bed dimensions have increased, with improved suspension and posture, even when fully loaded, and a more ergonomic rear step bumper for easier access to loads. The chassis and powertrain have been adapted for better towing performance, with trailer sway control added as a standard feature to improve stability.
This feature detects self-oscillation and applies braking to control the trailer. The Navara comes with a new steering system, new tyres, improved suspension, reduced body vibration and motion, resulting in better handling, improved steering response and controllability.
To round out this package, Nissan’s engineers have included LED headlamps, Follow Me Home feature, and a Door Puddle Lamp to help you see the ground when you step out at night, auto door locks, an ignition key and a jack key that turns off the ignition and engine, respectively.