Nissan has revealed pricing and specifications for its workhorse, the 2018 Nissan Navara, with a raft of changes both inside and out.
Nissan says the most important changes have been under the skin, with detailed improvements to the ride, handling and steering.
The company focussed particularly on the Australian market and flew in what it calls a “global contingent of Nissan Pickup” experts, including the Chief Vehicle Assessment Specialist team to refine and test the vehicle down under.
Staff from Japan, including the marketability test engineer and the chassis test engineer, were joined by several people on the Nissan Australia product planning and engineering team, as well as the overseas chief quality engineer.
It may seem like overkill, but the goal was to create a vehicle that would stand up to conditions in Australia which could then be rolled out globally, in a similar fashion to what Ford has done for its Ranger Raptor.
Headlining the upgrades to the 2018 model Navara is a dual-rate rear spring system, able to cope with unladen and towing conditions.
The system has an upper and lower spring rate to improve the ride when nothing is in the back but maintains its composure even when approaching the maximum payload. When fully loaded, the damper contacts the chassis rail, which signals it to increase its resistance, creating a better rebound characteristic and improve body control.
You’ll also notice a slightly higher ride position compared with the 2017 model – again, this is to maintain its handling and ride when towing.
The steering has also quickened, with Nissan altering the ratio from 21.5:1 to 19.0:1, as well as reducing the turns from lock to lock from 4.1 to 3.4 – take note Mitsubishi, this is how it’s done.
Also upgraded is both the technology and safety equipment, such as a surround view camera system, which is a first for the Navara.
The 360-degree display, which is projected onto the 7-inch infotainment screen is standard on the ST-X, while the reversing camera is now standard across all Navara models, using the main screen for all models except the RX, which shows the image in the rearview mirror.
Nissan also says that Navaras made from June will also get a digital speedo in the instrument cluster (on SL, ST and ST-X grades).
Feedback from customers has led to Nissan adding more tie-down points in the tray, as well as repositioning some of the existing tie-down hooks, depending on the model.
Isofix anchor points have also been added to the outside rear seats on dual-cab variants, while sat-nav is now standard on all ST models. You can also option leather on the ST-X auto variants, for $1500, which includes a power driver’s seat and seat heating.
Under the bonnet, things haven’t changed, with both single and twin-turbo diesel engines, and six-speed mannual or seven-speed auto gearboxes – the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel’s outputs remain at 140kW and 450Nm.
2018 Nissan Navara pricing
- RX 4×4 – 6MT – $37,290 (+$300) (King Cab only)
- RX 4×2 – 6MT – $33,490 (+$500)
- RX 4×2 – 7AT – $35,990 (+$500)
- ST 4×2 – 6MT – $40,190 (+$200)
- ST 4×2 – 7AT – $42,690 (+$200)
- RX 4×4 – 7AT – $42,990 (+$500)
- ST 4×4 – 6MT- $47,190 (+$200)
- ST 4×4 – 7AT- $49,690 (+$200)