Nissan updates its Navara ute in response to buyer feedback
PROOF is in the pudding, rather than the crust, of Nissan's new Navara.
The Series II model was first launched in May 2015 with a "softer" and more SUV-like interior, and the Japanese carmaker has updated some variants with firmer suspension in response to buyer feedback.
Revisions to the front and rear shock absorbers along with changes to the back rebound dampers delivers a more stable and confident performance when under load and while towing.
Changes only affect models with five-link coil-spring rear suspension.
Prices have essentially remained the same across the board, with $1000 increases to nine models within the nearly 30-strong derivative line-up.
Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Richard Emery said Navara battles with X-Trail to be the brand's best-selling model Down Under.
Before this current model was launched Nissan trumpeted its credentials as Australia's most powerful tradie with a diesel V6, but now it's exclusively available with a single or dual turbo four-cylinder diesel - and there are no plans for a six-cylinder return.
"It was a major concern early on from our network. Once the car was in market the engine issue has gone away," he said.
"Is there still some consumers who have a problem with the (engine) size versus the V6? Sure. But in terms of meeting consumer expectations around driveability and efficiency I think we are over that hump now."
From the outside there are no changes to the Series II Navara.
The only alteration is the removal of the rear NP300 badge - that stood for the global nameplate Nissan Pick-up, but only caused confusion for Aussies who simply knew it as Navara.
Also gone from dual-cabs are the rear floor cup holders.
Other alterations have seen the sunroof become an option on ST-X rather than standard, while satnav is standard on ST variants. Dual cab RX cab chassis is also available in both automatic and manual.
Another workhorse has been added to the Navara range. Called an SL, it has the twin-turbo diesel, steel wheels and vinyl floor coverings for $43,990 plus on-roads with a manual gearbox.
Nissan's extensive Navara range begins with the singe cab 4x2 versions which start from $25,990 plus on-roads, while sitting atop the range is the dual cab 4x4 ST-X for $59,955.
"Since this model's local release in 2015, our customers have applauded its real-world capabilities and strong performance and they have told us they like its great blend of styling, fuel efficiency, driving experience and value for money," Mr Emery said.