Nissan Navara are promising the Navara pick-up will offer significantly improved refinement and performance whilst remaining a dependable workhorse. More efficient engines, suppler suspension and a greater sense of style promise to appeal to commercial and private buyers alike. Add in reduced emissions and it seems Nissan are in with a shout of class leadership.
Nissan have been proudly promoting their pick-up heritage during the release of this much improved Navara model. That's no surprise considering the Japanese brand first produced such a vehicle over eighty years ago. The Navara nameplate isn't quite so old, dating back to the year 1997 and marking the first modern Nissan pick-up that didn't just appeal to those after a working vehicle. Indeed, with pick-ups popular as alternatives to SUVs, refinement is more important than ever.
With that in mind, Nissan have been hard at work developing a new 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine that is smoother, quieter and cleaner than the old 2.5-litre unit. It also manages to be more powerful, yet more efficient too. There's also a totally redesigned rear suspension set-up for the family-friendly Double Cab model that promises improved handling and a more comfortable ride without sacrificing its off road or load carrying ability.
The Navara's 2.3-litre dCi turbodiesel is available in two different power outputs; 160PS or 190PS. The lower powered of the two is standard equipment on Double Cab models and the only option on everything else. The 190PS version is reserved for the Double Cab only and makes its extra power through a second turbocharger that can provide additional boost to the engine. Two wheel drive is an option for King Cab (two seat) models, while 4WD is standard on all other variants. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual item, while a seven-speed automatic is an option but again, this is reserved for the Double Cab model only.
One of the big problems with using a pick-up as an everyday vehicle is comfort. As vehicles of this kind are primarily designed to carry up to a tonne of weight in the bed, rear springs must be pretty industrial. The issue is that when unladen, things can get pretty bouncy. Due to this, the Double Cab Navara ditches old fashioned leaf springs for the back axle. Instead, there's a five-link rear suspension setup with coil springs to give a much plusher ride without sacrificing load capacity.
There was a time where pick-ups were square-edged things that you could never call stylish. Mitsubishi's L200 bucked the trend with its curves proving a hit with buyers. With this in mind, Nissan has been more daring with this improved Navara while incorporating its latest 'V-motion' grille and boomerang shaped daylight running lights. Whether you choose this vehicle in double cab or king cab guise, gone are the sharp creases and flat panels of the previous model, having been replaced by curves and contours. From the confident nose rearwards, it looks much more modern while retaining a tough edge.
The basic chassis of the Navara may be that of the old model - Nissan themselves describe it as 'a fully updated version of the previous generation' - but don't let that put you off. The Japanese brand really has gone over the whole vehicle with a fine tooth comb and improved it in every appreciable area. This includes a completely re-designed dashboard to lift interior quality and NASA-inspired seats (yes, really) to make for an even more car-like experience. Those that plan on making the Navara work for a living will be more interested in the range's ability to tow 3,500kg and the Double Cab's 67mm increase in bed length.
Prices start at around £18,500 ex VAT and there are five trim levels available for the Navara; entry level 'Visia', 'Acenta', 'Accenta+', 'N-Connecta' and 'Tekna' at the top of the range. 'Visia' is the only option on the Chassis Cab and 2WD King Cab while 'Tekna' is only for Double Cab models. 'Visia' is very much a working man's trim level with steel wheels, black bumpers and mirrors along with no air-con. You do get a Bluetooth stereo with USB and aux in, electric windows and cruise control though. 'Acenta' includes manual air-con, alloys, chrome mirrors and grille along with a sunglasses holder. 'N-Connecta' (likely to be a popular choice) adds dual zone climate control, heated door mirrors, bigger alloys, fog lamps, rear view camera and leather for the wheel, handbrake and gearknob.
'Tekna' is where a lot of the clever stuff comes in such as Nissan's handy 'Around View Monitor' that gives a virtual bird's eye view of the truck, rear parking sensors, LED headlights with daytime running lights, 7" touchscreen with sat-nav and Bluetooth audio streaming and roof rails. Optional extras include a rear diff lock for serious off-roading, a towing kit and heated leather seats. All models get seven airbags, ABS, hill decent control, traction control and even autonomous emergency braking on the Double Cab.
As to be expected in this day and age, downsizing and weight loss has been key to improving the Navara's running costs. Thanks in part to being 200cc smaller than the old model's engine, emissions have taken a tumble, while fuel economy is better than ever. While a 2WD King Cab produces the best figures - 44.9mpg on the combined cycle and 167g/km of CO2 - it's the 4WD Double Cab that will be the volume seller we suspect. Opt for one of those and you'll see a slight increase in emissions to 169g/km while economy falls to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle. Interestingly, this combined figure is the same regardless of power output.
In this instance, the addition of the seven speed automatic gearbox does nothing to improve the figures as we've come to expect with so many new cars. The self-shifter is good for 40.3mpg with emissions of 183g/km. Those hoping for better should bear in mind that without a driver and in fairly lowly spec, the Navara weighs about 1,950kg. The warranty is definitely worth a mention, five years or 100,000 miles is much better than the average.
Nissan's Navara goes up against some tough recently revitalised rivals - primarily Mitsubishi's L200 and the Ford Ranger. In comparison to these two key competitors, this Nissan's clever five-link rear axle could give a clear advantage for those looking for a more car-like driving experience. With no penalty on load capacity or towing ability, it could be the stand-out feature on this much improved pick-up.
That could mean little if this Navara was ugly, or worse, dull. With looks so important, Nissan should be commended for modernising the design without losing the butch appeal of the old model. It won't just be the more efficient engine that helps with running costs either: standard fit autonomous emergency braking not only makes the truck safe, it should help reduce insurance premiums too. As an overall package, the Navara will be hard to beat.
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This aluminium, roller tonneau cover is fully retractable and can easily be locked into place every 300mm. If you have awkward or large loads to work with, adding the Jack Rabbit to your vehicle means that you no longer have to leave your loadbed fully exposed or wrestle with tonneau covers.
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This highly functional cover is designed to keep your cargo area safe, dry and clean. It’s made of durable aluminium chequer plate and has a carrying capacity of maximum 100 kg. The cover can be removed quickly and easily without using any tools. It locks to the tailgate keeping your cargo secure.
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The Truckman GLS Hard Top is a sliding bulkhead window variant with a cab high top which is made to be flush with your pickup cab. The paint is colour coded to paint of your pickup, which compliments the look of your vehicle even further.
The benefits of the Truckman GLS Hard Top include:
This high cab top is made to be flush with your pickup, therefore giving the appearance of being continuous. It’s colour coded too, so it complements the look of your vehicle.
The benefits of the Truckman Grand Hard Top include:
The Truckman S Series Double Doors Hard Top Solid Doors is a side access hard top and boasts gull wing opening solid doors. You won’t have to compromise as the fully featured aspect of the original Truckman Grand Hard Top is included.
The benefits of the Truckman S Series Hard Top Solid Doors include:
Listed below are the customer questions for the Nissan Navara Diesel Double Cab Pick Up Tekna 2.3dCi 190 4WD. Do you have a question that hasn't been answered yet? If you don't want to give us a call, click here to ask your question and we'll respond in four working hours.
The quoted manufacturer mpg for the Nissan Navara is 40.3 - 44.9mpg (Combined) depending on the model.
We have the Nissan Navara in stock, ready for delivery in 3-4 weeks.
Yes, the Nissan Navara comes with breakdown recovery for 3 years.
The service interval for the Nissan Navara is 12,500 miles.
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Brilliant! I got the Deranged version with wide arch kit and it looks a beast.
So far, an excellent vehicle. The tailgate could use central locking as standard though (there's an option, but at a price....)
First class vehicle. A pleasure to drive
I leased the pickup primarily for traveling to and from client locations not load carrying or off road but I'm sure that would be no problem for the Nissan. So far, I have loved having the truck and it has exceeded my expectations plus my family also love the truck!! The Nissan Tekna model gives you great spec and looks the part on the road so, no hesitation in recommending this model to anyone.
I really like the Navara 2.3dCi Tekna, the newer model is much more refined that the old model that I had up until four years ago; It's less agricultural, more comfortable and quieter, it handles much better and is a bit more car like on the road....but it feels like it has a little less low rev torque than the old model. The old models sat nav was considerably better. It's generally an excellent vehicle that ticks almost all my boxes and fits my budget.
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