Porsche Panamera crowned 2018 SA Car of the Year

Porsche's Panamera has been crowned the 2018 South African Car of the Year. Do you agree with the winner?

Readers vote for their 2018 SA Car of the Year

The 2018 SA Car of the Year has been revealed. Check out how the cream of South Africa's motoring crop fared in our annual Readers' poll!

Nissan expands Navara range: new 4x2 double cab

2018-03-06 15:04

Image: Motorpress


Lance Branquinho takes the 2017 Nissan Navara 2.3D through its paces.

Rosslyn - Nissan is expanding its Navara range with a 4x2 Double Cab version, the Japanese automaker has fitted the Navara with a around-view monitor that uses a cameras to display what’s going on around the driver.

The Navara also benefits from enhanced insulation with further reductions in engine noise, vibration and harshness.

The Navara has a spacious interior, spinal support seats, Bluetooth audio streaming and Navigation standard across the range, and an intelligent key with stop/start button. 

Image: Motorpress

Two gearbox options available 

The Navara has the first coil spring five-link rear suspension in a mainstream 1-ton pick-up, which is fitted to its solid ladder-frame chassis.

Nissan says it engineers found that the coil rear suspension is sturdier than traditional leaf springs. The Navara also has class-leading payload capacity of more than one ton and can tow a braked trailer up to 3.5 tons.

The Navara is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic gearbox, which features gear ratios selected to specifically optimise the torque delivery of the new twin turbo engine and also offers a manual shifting function.

The on-board navigation system with 3D mapping and live traffic updates which is standard across the range, includes radio – with up to 30 pre-set radio stations, video in DVD/VCD/CD/MP3 or MPEG4 format, USB connectivity and Bluetooth with audio streaming – all operated from the steering wheel.

LED headlights as standard

The Navara has a 229mm ground clearance, but the raised suspension set-up and smart design have allowed for a 3-degree improvement in the approach (33.0 degrees), ramp-over (25.2 degrees) and departure angles (27.9 degrees).

Image: Motorpress

There are larger doors for easier ingress and egress, a 23-degree slanted rear bench for greater comfort, more rear legroom and a host of creature comforts such as the first-in-class dedicated rear air vents and even an electrically operated rear cab window.

The list of standard luxuries includes automatic LED headlights, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, three 12V sockets in the cabin, an automatic dimming rear view mirror and 7 airbags (including an airbag to protect the driver’s knees).


The modern twin turbo 2.3-litre intercooled engine combines 140kW of power with leading fuel efficiency. It has strong, smooth acceleration and 450Nm of torque available from 1500r/min.

The engine combines common rail direct injection and both a smaller, high pressure turbo and a larger, low-pressure turbo to deliver more linear power throughout the engine speed range.

Prices and range

Navara 2.3 4x2 SE DC MT – R457 900
Navara 2.3 4x2 SE DC – AT – R471 900
Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC – R519 900
Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC + Leather seats – R532 900
Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC AT – R538 900
Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC AT + Leather seats – R551 900
Navara 2.3 4x4 SE DC MT – R523 900
Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC MT – R573 500
Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC MT + Leather seats – R586 500 
Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC AT – R594 900 
Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC AT + Leather seats – R605 900 

Read more on:    nissan  |  navara  |  south africa  |  new models

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.