Let’s Get the Boat Out
Or the horsebox, or anything else you want to tow. All of the four-wheel-drive models can pull 3,500kg because the brakes, transmission and cooling system have all been designed with this kind of load in mind. This pickup can carry a load of one tonne - the tailgate has been designed to be lighter to make loading and unloading easier. You don’t have to worry about the load shifting either, because Nissan has a special tie-down system with tracks and locks on the sides and front of the bed for securing a load.
The Navara has different driving modes for different conditions. There’s four-wheel-drive "high" for normal off-roading, four-wheel-drive "low" for really demanding driving when you’re battling through sand, deep mud or snow. Then there’s the two-wheel-drive for ordinary roads. Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) gives great traction in any of these conditions. You’ve also got Hill Start Assist and Descent Control.
Nissan takes the view that safety begins when the vehicle design first begins, so they have developed a concept called the Safety Shield which encompasses all the safety features that will be engineered into the vehicle. The driver information is designed to allow you to monitor the pickup’s systems and the vehicle’s environment. There's assistance with handling to help ensure the vehicle stays under control in unexpected situations. The Traction Control System (TCS) knows when a drive wheel is slipping and will either reduce the acceleration or apply the brakes to regain traction.
Driver and Crew Comfort
The king cab gives you more capacity in the load bed; the double cab gives more crew seating. The Navara uses a seat design developed by NASA. It’s not just spacious and comfortable - it creates a neutral posture and promotes improved blood flow, so you’ll find long journeys are a lot less tiring. Automatic air conditioning and a dual-zone climate control mean a comfortable temperature for front and back riders.
As you would expect with a Japanese manufacturer, there are lots of good storage ideas in the door pockets, central console and underneath the rear passenger seats. The glove box is huge. And, of course, there are cup holders not only next to both front seats but also in the front and rear door pockets.
The display screen is a 5” high-definition full-colour TFT screen. It carries all the information you need, including speed, revs, mileage, fuel economy, route directions and even what song is coming up next. It’s positioned right in front of you so that you can see it without looking away from the road. This information centre will synchronise with your mobile phone and apps such as Facebook. There’s an app package that's free for the first three years.
The warranty is pretty generous, and includes roadside assistance, five years or 100,000 miles protection and a 12-year corrosion warranty. You only need to service the vehicle at intervals of two years or 25,000 miles, which is reasonable, and the warranty is fully transferable.
There are lots of tempting accessories, including chrome styling bars for front and side, roll and tonneau covers, tailgate protection and an aluminium bedliner. And the Navara comes in some nice rich metallic colours for when you decide to wash the mud off and take it out on the town.