Nissan unveils light price hike for updated Navara ute

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Words: Matthew Hansen
27 Jan 2021

Late last year Nissan revealed its updated Navara, sporting more American-inspired looks, improved tech, and increased capability thanks to more payload and a beefed up rear axle. Now, Nissan’s local arm has unveiled Kiwi pricing.

The Navara range is set to kick off at $41,990 for the SL 2WD automatic single-cab, and go up to the new adventure-adjacent PRO-4X grade automatic 4WD at $70,490. All up, 16 trim levels are set to be offered in Kiwi showrooms, although this doesn’t include an Aussie-developed N-Trek Warrior rival for the Ford Ranger Raptor. At least not yet, anyway.

Among the notable models in the stacked line-up (a stark contrast to the minimalist line-up Mazda unveiled last year for its BT-50), is the popular ST-X range. The cheapest ST-X is the $57,490 2WD double cab, with the 4WD ‘King Cab’ and 4WD double cab priced at $66,490 and $67,490, respectively.

The cheapest double cab variant is the base-model SL 2WD at $45,490. This model also doubles as one of only four manual-transmission models offered in the line-up. Manuals can also be found in the 4WD SL, 4WD ST, and ‘entry-level’ $67,990 PRO-4X. The addition of a manual to the PRO-4X nameplate makes it one of the only ‘flagship’ utes in segment to still offer a manual.

Nissan has also formally confirmed engine details. As speculated, the twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel is back, producing 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. Every model in the range uses this engine, except for the 2WD manual double cab SL, which opts for a single-turbo version making 103kW/420Nm.

“The new Navara offers a compelling package for both prospective and loyal customers. With a tough new design and the addition of more Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, the Navara is the genuine work hard play hard vehicle to cater for a diverse range of customer needs,” says Ben Hamilton, Managing Director Nissan New Zealand.

As reported previously, the new Navara features a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity and bed volume, and a new steering rack for quicker lock-to-lock travel and response. The firm claims payload capacity has increased to 1.2-tonnes, which it claims is best in class.

Nissan also says it’s vastly improved vibration and harshness thanks to new insulation. Towing capacity is tipped to be unchanged, at 3.5-tonnes.

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