The 2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 has been let off its leash today with Nissan claiming that the Navara now offers “an even more compelling mix of the features Australian one-tonne ute buyers are seeking”.
And yes, that includes addressing the previous models coil sprung rear’s tendency to drag its arse with a load in the tub.
The fix has resulted in all Navara model variants fitted with 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, receiving revised front shock absorbers, rear shock absorbers and rear rebound dampers. The result, according to Nissan, is a more refined ride and handling with improved lateral stability, especially when carrying a load in the cargo area or towing.
In addition to the re-jigged suspension, a new SL variant with the 5-link coil-spring rear suspension has been added to the range. The SL sits between the ST and RX and adds the following features over and above the standard ST;
140kW / 450Nm twin-turbo diesel engine
Wide body and wide steel wheels with 225/70R16 7J tyres
LED headlamps and daytime running lights
Interior vinyl floor
The rest of the Navara range has had its standard equipment complement tweaked with the ST dual-cab receiving satellite navigation, the RX dual cab being available with either an automatic or manual transmission and with vinyl flooring replacing the previously supplied carpet. For the range topping ST-X the sunroof is now optional rather than standard equipment.
Both DX and RX variants continue to use the simpler leaf sprung rear suspension.
The rear fold-out cup holders in dual-cab models have been turfed, as has the ‘NP300’ name. The Navara is now simply called “Navara”, something that shouldn’t be too hard to get used to.
The 2.3-litre single and twin-turbo diesels remain unchanged, with the single turbo version producing 120kW/403Nm and the twin-turbo 140kW/450Nm.
Nissan has upgraded both the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions, to “offer a better balance between acceleration and fuel economy as well as delivering exceptional usability and reliability”. Changes include an “expanded gear ratio” (we don’t know what that means either) in the auto and an “optimised shift stroke and select rigidity” to improve shifting performance. Or in other words the shift has been beefed up and smoothed out.
Braked towing capacity is unchanged at 3500kg, as is the Navara’s five-star ANCAP rating. The entire Navara range comes with a three-year, 100,000km warranty as well as 24-hour roadside assistance.
2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 4X4 range pricing:
RX 4X4 diesel manual cab chassis $38,490
RX 4X4 diesel automatic cab chassis $40,990
RX 4X4 diesel manual pick-up $39,990
RX 4X4 diesel automatic pick-up $42,490
SL 4X4 diesel manual pick-up $43,990
SL 4X4 diesel automatic pick-up $46,490
ST 4X4 diesel manual pick-up $46,990 (up $1,000)
ST 4X4 diesel automatic pick-up $49,490 (up $1,000)
ST-X 4X4 diesel manual pick-up $51,990
ST-X 4X4 diesel manual pick-up w/sunroof $52,990 (up $1,000)
ST-X 4X4 diesel automatic pick-up $54,490
ST-X 4X4 diesel automatic pick-up w/sunroof $55,490 (up $1,000)
DX 4X4 diesel manual cab chassis $31,990
RX 4X4 diesel manual cab chassis $32,990
RX 4X4 diesel automatic cab chassis $35,490
RX 4X4 king cab diesel manual cab chassis $35,490
RX 4X4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $36,990
ST 4X4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $43,990 (up $1,000)
ST 4X4 king cab diesel automatic pick-up $46,490 (up $1,000)
ST-X 4X4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $49,990 (up $1,000)
ST-X 4X4 king cab diesel automatic pick-up $52,490 (up $1,000)