Launched headlong into an even more competitive dual cab utility sector, the 2015 Nissan Navara promises a lot, especially with its multi-link, coil-sprung rear end, a first for any of the major players in the dual cab 4x4 segment.
Nissan took CarAdvice into the South Australian outback to put the new Navara through a dusty torture test.
While there will be 27 variants of the new Navara by the end of the year, at launch, we tested the various options in the dual cab range.
Styling is the most obvious step forward for new Navara and it’s a case of the smaller truck looking more like its American Titan sibling than ever before. Nissan designers have struck a solid balance between style and purpose too. The Navara doesn’t look too soft, it still retains its tough truck appearance, but it’s got some style and design cues that ensure it’s more attractive than the outgoing model.
While the new Nissan Navara might not have some of the techno trickery to match the HiLux or Ranger, it has features that trump both vehicles to counteract that.
Class leading fuel economy, a seamless sequential turbo engine and a proper rear suspension system that can carry a load and tow, but handles way better than leaf springs, all ensure the Navara is right at the pointy end of the field. Style is in the eye of the beholder, but we reckon the Navara is spot on for the segment looks wise too.
There’s never been a better time if you’re in the market for a dual cab ute and there’s never been a better time to buy a Navara either.