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…
The Nissan Navara 2.3D 4×4 DC comes in three variants: the Standard (or SE) manual transmission, the Luxury (or LE) manual transmission and the LE automatic transmission. These variants sport identical 2.3l, common rail direct injection,twin-turbo diesel engines which produce 140kW of power at 3750rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1500rmp and 2500rpm. To make it easy, we’ll lump together everything these variants have in common before moving on to how they differ.
Whichever of the three variants you choose, the Navara 2.3D comes standard with enough stopping power and electronic control to balance its impressive power, sporting front disc brakes; ABS; EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution); Traction Control; Electronic rear differential lock; Vehicle Dynamic Control and Brake Limited Slip Differential. (And, of course, full four-wheel-drive at the press of a button.)
Safety and security wise, you can rely on dual front airbags; driver knee airbag; front- and rear curtain airbags; LED running lights; immobilizer and an alarm system. The roomy back seat sports three child seat anchor points.
Gizmos and gadgets include a reverse camera; automatic on/off headlights; heated door mirrors with power adjustment; cruise control; power windows with driver auto up-/down button; rear power sliding window with de-mister; air-conditioning with rear vents; illuminated vanity mirrors; six-way adjustable driver seat; centre console; cup-/bottle holders; overhead sunglass holder; steering-mounted audio controls; hands-free bluetooth with audio-streaming and, to round it all off, a touchscreen color console with GPS navigation.
Other good looking features that come standard are the leather accented steering wheel; body colour front bumper; rear spoiler and chrome on the door handles, mirrors and rear bumper.
Now for the differences. While the LE automatic holds its own against the SE manual transmission, the LE automatic suffers (very) slightly in terms of fuel economy (7l/100km vs 6.5l/100km) and CO2 emissions. It also sports a 7-speed transmission as opposed to the 6-speed transmission of its fellows.
The SE manual makes up for the loss of some technological extras by allowing an extra 50kg worth of load on its rear axle (while the towing capacity of the three variants remain identical). It is also the only one of the three that come standard with 16” steel wheels as opposed to the 18” alloys of the LE variants.
The two LE variants incorporate some extra features not matched by the SE. These include Hill Start Assist; Hill Descent Control; Reverse Sensors; remote keyless entry; push button start with illuminated ignition switch; mirror-mounted indicator lights and power folding mirrors; dual zone climate control; rear interior lights; seat back pockets and roof rails. The SE also lacks the Nissan patented two channel Utili-track system and opts for the more traditional tie-down point system to secure its cargo.
And there you have it. The A to Z of the new 2.3D Navara in its South African incarnation. True to its word, Nissan has provided an all-new Navara, with absolutely nothing carried over from the previous generation. The 2.3 Navara is a complete innovation, incorporating only the most hardwearing bakkie sensibilities, mated to the most cutting edge SUV comfort technology. It sets the new standard for the South African bakkie.
Don’t be left in the Navara’s dust. Book your test drive today.