Nissan adds a Navara range-topper
The Nissan Navara range has been subjected to a mid-life tweak with the addition of a new luxuriously-equipped LE model.
three-year/90 000 km
Cosmetic changes and engine upgrades are specified for the bakkie, which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
Changes include an increase in power and more economical operation of the 2.5-litre dCi turbodiesel and, inside the cabin, interior quality that Nissan says will rival that of upmarket SUVs.
The turbodiesel powerplant has been slightly retuned and output increases to 140 kW and 450 Nm for the 4X4 models. The 4X2 models generate 128 kW and 403 Nm.
Along with the increase in performance, notable improvements include a reduction in the overall emissions and a increase in fuel economy from 9.6 l/100 km to 8.5 l/100 km.
The 4.0-litre V6 with 198 kW on tap continues unchanged.
New Navara models have been given a slightly different appearance, including a new bonnet and grille, and a new bumper that, together, add 80mm to the length of the bakkie.
Inside the cabin, Navara LE models are said to show off materials of a better quality. New switchgear, including steering wheel controls for phone and audio functions, upholstery for the seats, and chrome accents are reportedly the main contributors to a more plush ambience.
As for practicality, Navara cabins have redesigned arm rests and door pads that are meant to be more comfortable and larger storage bins.
Increased safety kit includes new side and curtain airbags. A lockable tailgate is useful, too.
Nissan SA says XE and SE models introduced in 2009 will continue as the value offerings within the Navara range.
2.5 dCi 4x2 DC XE - R306 900
2.5 dCi 4x2 DC SE - R335 900
2.5 dCi 4x4 DC XE - R351 900
2.5 dCi 4x4 DC SE - R378 900
4.0 4x2 DC MT LE - R 355 850
4.0 4x4 DC MT LE - R 398 250
2.5 dCi 4x2 DC - R362 750
2.5 dCi 4x2 DC - R373 050
2.5 dCi 4x4 DC - R404 150
2.5 dCi 4x2 KingCab XE - R292 900
2.5 dCi 4x4 KingCab XE - R332 900
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