The Nissan Navara needs no introduction as it’s one of South Africa’s most popular bakkies. Since launching the first model, it continues to win the hearts and minds of many motorists with modern styling, a robust exterior, plenty of technology features, power, torque and exceptional off-road capabilities.
Performance Of The New Nissan Navara
Going back to the 2017 Nissan Navara, one of the best-selling points was its coil-spring independent rear suspension. It was designed to give a more comfortable ride than the rear leaf springs traditionally used in bakkies such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger that continue to dominate segment sales, but that could all change.
Along with a much-improved chassis and some suspension tweaks, the new Nissan Navara is even more refined. There’s less vibration, better shock absorber damping and a new dual-rate five-link coil suspension for a noticeably smoother ride on bumpy roads and rippled gravel. However, the biggest news is that the new Nissan Navara is going back to the tried-and-tested single-turbo four-cylinder 2.5-litre engine.
Nissan SA Goes In With The ‘Old’
Contrary to what you might think, it’s not a step back as it develops the same 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque as the outgoing 2.3 engine. The difference is clear as there is a wider spread of torque, reduced engine noise levels and the 7-speed automatic gearbox feels more responsive and well-matched to the engine.
The bigger 140 kW engine is used in the automatic Nissan Navara while manual versions get the mid-spec 2.5D engine producing 120 kW and 403 Nm of torque. This excludes the high-spec LE manual models which also get the 140 kW 2.5-litre engine.
For the first time, the Nissan Navara line-up will also include a petrol version in the form of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo model delivering 118 kW and 233 Nm of torque. It will only be available in the single-cab Nissan Navara.
According to Nissan SA, the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine caters more to its customers’ requirements for low running costs, reliability and performance.
“Our continuous improvement process has seen us re-engineer the entire range of models to produce a Navara that’s perfectly suited to South African and ultimately African conditions, with options that make sense for our market: single and double-cab, 2WD and 4WD options, and both automatic and manual transmissions,” says Stefan Haasbroek, Marketing Director at Nissan South Africa.
Engine And Transmission Work In Perfect Harmony
Adding to the impressive powertrain in the manual transmission Navara is a new 1st gear ratio that improves acceleration response and makes starting uphill much easier. When engaging four-wheel-drive mode, traction is distributed evenly (50:50) to all four wheels to prevent tyre slip even in extreme conditions.
This seemingly perfect combination of strength, capability, power and technology comes from decades of building authentic off-road pickups. The Nissan Navara is ready to take you wherever you want to go whether it’s roughing it out in the wild or a simple weekend away to the bushveld.
The tried and tested engine provides oodles of power which means the max towing capacity is an impressive 3,500 kg. While payload capacity may vary according to the model – the estimated double-cab payload is 1,086 kg and 1,144 kg for the single cab.
“We are excited and proud to be introducing the latest Nissan Navara which has been locally produced for the first time. We’re confident that with the technical changes and enhancements we’ve implemented, we are delivering the ultimate customer experience – a major upgrade to the current Navara many customers know and love,” Haasbroek adds.
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