Nissan has never been a brand to shy away from a challenge. So it’s really no surprise that four of the top-selling SUVs and bakkies in our lineup recently took on the many rigours of the Sahara desert to prove their mettle. The Nissan Nissan Patrol, Navara, TITAN and Terra (the latter two of which are US models) were put to the ultimate test and came out tops.
The 2018 Hannover Motor Show was full of amazing tech surprises from most of the motor manufactures from different parts of the world. At the top of the list was Japan with the new modified Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept pickup truck. Designed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Nissan could help astronomers reach remote locations to conduct follow-up observations in an effort to support the ESA’s efforts to map the stars using the Gaia satellite.
There are good reasons why many consider Australia an acceptable alternative to living in South Africa: it’s punishingly hot; it’s unforgivingly tough; and – most of all – they know the value of a good bakkie. (Even if they do call it a “Ute”.) In fact, some television ads*, shot Down Under, have been used as-is for South African television! When you see this ad for the Nissan Navara, you’re not going to believe it was shot in the Outback and not on the Cape’s Chapman’s Peak…
The ad begins with a road sign South Africans know well: Beware of falling rocks. Which, as comedian Jimmy Carr righty states, might as well read “random accident ahead” for all the help it is. Sure enough, our two intrepid travellers spy the telltale slide of shale that pressages a rockfall. The next moment, boulders the size of outhouses are plopping down.
When we last spoke of the new Nissan Navara it was prior to this revolutionary bakkie’s South African debut and we were unable, at that time, to confirm all the specifications and extras it would be wrapped up- and ribboned in. The Navara has since climbed its way from its 2016 International Pick-Up Award to the top of South African enthusiasts’ must-have list. And here’s why…
We’ve had the chance to put the newly redesigned 2017 Nissan Navara through its paces and we are more impressed than ever with what the Nissan engineers have been able to achieve. Specced to the hilt and built to provide what we think is the most comfortable off road experience we’ve ever had the privilege of enjoying, this is the bakkie that other South African automotive manufacturers will aspire to build. But why is this? Let’s take a look at what is underneath this beast of a bakkie’s skin…
Work or play, rain or shine, the Navara tackles any challenge head on. The Nissan Navara is bold, daring and versatile. Available in a range of different models, it’s ready to get down and dirty, tackle any terrain and looks good doing it. The Navara embodies style, power and confidence with its sleek, strong lines, definitive charisma and sporty trimmings. But don’t be deceived by its good looks, it’s as tough as they come. Its legendary capability and unsurpassed comfort make it the perfect partner, whether you are hitting the highway or venturing off the beaten track. The Navara is the first of its kind.
When it comes to great looking vehicles there are few on the market that can matche the Nissan Navara when it comes to value for money, performance and, of course, versatility. Most vehicles will excel at either being great for fun or for being hard workers, but the Nissan Navara is not satisfied with one and not the other, it want to be the best at both. Simply put, it is the perfect synergy between work and play.
The Nissan Navara is without a doubt a tough truck and over the years Nissan’s advert have really highlighted exactly how strong and capable these trucks are. We’ve rated these our top five Nissan Navara adverts from the last few years using the traditional Chuck Norris toughness scale:
After launching its ‘what’s in the box’ campaign a few weeks ago, Nissan has finally revealed it to be its special version Nissan Navara Titanium double cab bakkie.
The Titanium edition is derived from the standard Navara SE range and will feature a 4×4 and 4×2 model, both driven by a 2.5 dCi engine and equipped with 6-speed manual transmission.
Apart from the standard SE grade specifications the Nissan Navara Titanium will also feature a variety of functional and styling extras including a bull bar, tow bar, all-terrain tyres, a tonneau cover, titanium-smoke rear-step bumper and grill, titanium-coloured wheels, door handles and mirrors, a titanium edition carpet set as well as a ‘Titanium’ branded keyring.
Nissan will only be releasing 200 Navara Titanium units between September 2012 and March 2013, which can be ordered in black, silver or white. The Navara Titanium will retail from a very competitive R374 000 for the 4×2 model, which translates into a whole lot of bakkie for your bucks.
Nissan’s compact pick-up truck, the Frontier (known as the Nissan Navara here in South Africa), shows off its ‘tough as nails’ attitude in three fun US television advertisements… See for yourself.