COMING SOON: The new Navara will soon headline Nissan's bakkie line-up in SA. Image: MotorPress
Rosslyn - Nissan hopes to become 'South Africa’s most prolific pick-up brand' when its new flagship Navara arrives later in March.
Nissan said: "With the introduction of the all-new Navara, Nissan will offer a range of pick-ups that starts with the sub-one tonne NP200, includes a wide range of NP300 Hardbody models and the specialist overland Nissan Patrol Pick-up."
The new Navara will initially be available in three double cab models, with a 4x4 drivetrain and the choice of a six-speed manual or new seven-speed automatic gearbox. Over time, the range will expand to include mid- and entry-level models in 4x4 and 4x2 guise, with several additional models in the pipeline.
Nissan says the NP200 and NP300 Hardbody single-cab models will take care of commercial and small business owners and offer the choice of an 800kg payload for the NP200 and up to a 1359kg payload for the single-cab NP300. Both models are sold with a a six-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty as part of the Nissan Assured programme.
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Navara is coming
The soon-to-be-introduced Navara will top the range of Nissan bakkies and will expand over time to complement the NP200 and NP300 Hardbody in both the workhorse and leisure segments.
First to market will be three 4x4 models with the choice of SE and LE grade levels. All three derivatives will feature Nissan’s next-generation dual-turbo diesel engine that delivers 140kW/450Nm.
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The first locally available double-cab variants of the new Navara will all feature a host of safety and luxury features, such as seven airbags, a touch screen infotainment system and Nissan’s new six-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty as part of the Nissan Assured programme.
Buyers who opt for the more luxurious LE grade will receive additional luxury and safety features such as Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Decent Control (HDC), a reverse camera and reverse sensors. An LE Automatic model is also available, which is equipped with a new seven-speed automatic gearbox.
In 2016, says Nissan, both the NP200 and NP300 Hardbody retained their respective titles as the most affordable sub-one tonne pick-up and one tonne pick-up to own, maintain and repair in South Africa.
Buyers of the Nissan Patrol, a popular choice amongst overland specialists and farmers, also have a wide range of options to choose from.