The latest Navara, which is launched at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover (25 September – 2 October), has added safety features, new standard equipment across the range, an upgraded interior trim and new body colours.
Every model in the Navara range now has 17-inch alloy wheels and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as standard.
Two new metallic body colours – bronze and grey – have been introduced while new trim can be found on SE and LE versions, offering not only improved look and feel but also enhanced quality. The overall objective is to deliver enhanced value to the features, by improving customer benefits of up to €800.
Another significant introduction is the arrival of an SE model powered by a 142bp version of the familiar 2.5-litre dCi diesel engine. This engine, first seen in the fleet-oriented XE version launched last year, offers an ideal compromise between performance and efficiency. Delivering 142bhp, it produces 215g/km of CO2 emissions (7g/km improvement vs 188bhp) while the combined fuel economy is 8.2l/100 kms.
SE equipment provides a number of enhancements over the XE model, with automatic air conditioning and a combined CD tuner with Bluetooth connectivity being the principal benefits.
Additional SE specs vs the XE model include side airbags, chrome front grille, cruise control with speed limiter and driver seat height adjustment. Other standard features are remote central locking, front fog lamps, side steps, rear headrests and heated door mirrors.
XE, SE and top LE versions are also all available with a 190hp version of the dCi engine, while the top of the range LE models – accounting for around 10 per cent of all Navara sales – are also available with the smooth and potent 231hp 3.0L V6 diesel which is coupled to Nissan’s advanced seven-speed automatic gearbox.
LE versions have a raft of sophisticated equipment as standard including premium navigation, a reversing camera, roof rails, heated seats, cruise control, privacy glass, rain sensor and electrically folding door mirrors.
A Special Version of the LE V6 goes even further by adding leather/alcantara trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome touches and a steel bar at the front for added protection.
In other respects, the MY15 Navara range continues as before to provide a mixture of comfort and style in a robust and hugely capable pick-up. Its rugged ladder-frame chassis has independent front suspension by double wishbones and coil springs. At the rear, there’s a rigid axle and over slung leaf springs that provide excellent payload levels at the same time as giving the comfort, ride and handling expected from a SUV.
A part-time four-wheel drive system powers the rear wheels under normal conditions or splits the torque 50/50 between front and rear axles when 4WD mode is engaged.
High and low ratio modes mean outstanding levels of traction whether on or off road. A rear differential lock – which operates only in low ratio four-wheel drive – provides further help should a rear wheel lose traction on slippery surfaces. Control is via a rotary switch conveniently located on the centre console.
“The provision of VDC across the entire Navara range is a important bonus for all Navara drivers, while the arrival of the new 144hp SE version will have significant appeal to fleet operators and owner/drivers alike,” said Sebastien Viet, Chief Marketing Manager Nissan LCV BU.