Nissan Navara receives Series II upgrade
The arrival of the Series II upgrade for Nissan’s Navara this year has seen the Japanese brand quietly drop its entry level petrol model variants, leaving the one-tonne utility range as an all-diesel affair.
Entry DX variants previously offered a ‘QR25DE’ 2.5L four-cylinder petrol engine that was updated for the new-generation NP300 series launched in 2015, producing 122kW of power at 6,000rpm, 238Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and combining with either a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed automatic.
Importantly, the DX petrol provided Nissan with a sub-$20,000 starting point that could be spruiked in advertising and pitched directly at budget-conscious tradies.
The company has now advised that the petrol engine is no longer being shipped to Australia, with the decision based on the level of investment required for a further upgrade necessary to meet ever-tightening emissions regulations.
That leaves Navara with the ‘YS23DDT/TT’ 2.3L diesel engine combination in single and twin-turbo guise – the single offering 120kW/403Nm and the bi-turbo churning out 140kW/450Nm – and both teaming up with a six-speed manual as standard or a seven-speed auto as an option.
Entry to the range is now at $25,990 plus on-road costs for the RX 4×2 single cab chassis manual, with pricing moving through a comprehensive 30-plus variant line-up that as well as the two engine and transmission choices, spans all the usual body styles, drivelines, tray options and various model grades – including a new ‘SL’ workhorse grade specifically targeted at tradesfolk.
The SL is a 4×4 dual cab without all the bells and whistles of the higher-grade ST but still carries the twin-turbo diesel engine, newly revised five-link coil spring rear suspension, a rear-view camera, vinyl flooring, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and flared wheel arches with 16” steel wheels and 225/70-section tyres.
It is priced from $43,990 plus on-roads for the manual, with auto adding $2,500.
Vinyl flooring has also replaced carpet in the RX grade, while the RX dual cab chassis is now available with an automatic gearbox option (from $40,990). There is still a sole DX variant for the single cab chassis diesel manual, but only with the 4×4 driveline (starting at $31,990).
The other major change brought with the Series II upgrade is a suspension overhaul for all variants fitted with the five-link coil-spring rear suspension – it does not apply to leaf-sprung models – which involves revised rear shock absorbers and rebound dampers, and new front shocks.
Nissan says the result is “more refined ride and handling with improved lateral stability, especially when carrying a load in the cargo area or towing”.