New looks and updated safety technologies are on the way for the Nissan Navara.
Scheduled to be released locally in the first quarter of next year, the updated Navara takes advantage of cosmetic changes designed to take the fight to the popular Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.
The ute is based on the “mesh interlock” found on full-size Nissan models such as the Patrol, and is a deceptively lumpy look surrounded by box headlights with new LED elements.
New taillights join the reworked rear with better footholds that provide improved reach for the tray.
Nissan responds to the utes’ high-end success with a new Navara PRO-4X class to deal with the likes of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. Dull design elements and 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires add a stronger look than the regular models.
Expect Nissan Australia to deliver something better with a successor to the iconic Navara Warrior at the top of the lineup.
On the inside, minor cabin changes include a new steering wheel similar to those found in the latest Juke compact SUV, along with modifications to the dashboard.
The 8-inch center touch screen provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There are more USB points than before, including an updated USB-C charging port compatible with the latest smartphones.
The most significant change is an updated safety suite that brings the Navara in line with the likes of HiLux.
The ute will provide forward collision warning and independent emergency braking, as well as assist in lane keeping, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert features.
Nissan’s 360-degree view camera technology will make it easier to park the car than most competitors.
Expect the Navara’s engine and transmission to remain relatively unchanged.
Although there may be minor software tweaks, the 2.3-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine is expected to produce the same 140 kW and 450 Nm figures as the current model.
Likewise, the seven-speed automatic transmission continues to drive all four wheels.
Nissan says some versions will boost the 1.2-ton suspension in the tray.
The model uses the same basic suspension design as the current Navara, which bucked the trend for leaf springs in the double cab by adopting a more comfortable coil-based setup.
Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer, says the new model represents an important step for Navara.
“We have packed the new model with a full suite of advanced technologies to ensure enhanced dynamic off-road and off-road performance, as well as safety and comfort that herald a new era of durability, technology and peace of mind,” he said.
“For our clients, it means confidence, driving pleasure, practicality and pride of ownership.”