THE 2018 NISSAN NAVARA: ENHANCED DRIVING PERFORMANCE

Melbourne, Australia (28 February, 2018) - A range of performance enhancements will make the 2018 Nissan Navara stronger and more capable on and off road, and easier and more enjoyable to drive.

The updates, initiated by Nissan Australia, and tested extensively in, and exclusively for, Australian conditions by a global contingent¹ of Nissan Pickup experts, have been developed for Dual Cab SL, ST and ST-X variants in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Featuring a stylish interior and tough exterior design, plus a long list of safety and technical features on a Pickup that is already one of the best in its sales segment, Nissan has introduced a range of revisions to the 2018 Navara, including a dual-rate rear spring system, that will improve drive performance, particularly with load and when towing.

The dual-rate rear spring system has an integrated lower and higher spring rate that provides a comfortable ride in unladen and light payload conditions, and allows higher payload to be carried without compromise in posture or ride and handling quality.

Within this updated rear suspension, Nissan has incorporated the dynamic rebound damper. When laden, the damper is designed to contact the chassis rail which causes the damper to compress and the resistance to increase – reducing lateral body movement and improving the Navara’s handling and stability.

Nissan Navara Suspension

The high-riding position improves the Pickup’s posture in laden conditions and improves ride and handling when towing.

Also, in a series of steering adjustments on Dual Cab SL, ST and ST-X, the steering ratio has been improved from 21.5:1 to a lower 19.0:1. This means that the steering wheel is turned less to get the angle, or the degree of turn, from the wheels.

In addition, the linear steering ratio has increased from 44mm/rev to 49mm/rev, so that each time the steering wheel has turned one full revolution the tie-rod moves 49mm, and the lock-to-lock ratio – the number of turns it takes to rotate the wheels from left to right or vice versa - has reduced from 4.1 to 3.4. Combined, this has enhanced the Navara’s maneuverability making it easier and more enjoyable to drive. 

In further changes, the 2018 Nissan Navara also features an assortment of new safety and technology updates including a 360 degree Around View® Monitor (standard on all ST-X grades), second row ISOFix child seat mounting points (on all Dual Cab grades), and the expanded availability of Rear View Cameras (on all Pickup variants) and satellite navigation (added to King Cab ST). 

From June 2018 production, all Navara SL, ST and ST-X models will feature a digital speedometer housed within the instrument cluster, and tie-down hook points have been either increased in number or re-positioned to help better secure load. On RX, SL and ST Pickup grades, tie down hook positions have been lowered, while on ST-X grades with Utili-track, there are four additional tie down hooks located lower within the tub.

“Making a great vehicle even better is something we as a company always strive for, and with the revisions on the 2018 Nissan Navara we have achieved this,” said Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia’s managing director.

“Incorporating more safety and technology, the biggest changes are under the metal with updates to suspension and steering that have helped improve ride and handling.

“The Navara is a very important vehicle to Nissan, and with almost 330,000 Australian sales it is a popular choice with buyers.

“Whether it is being used by trade professionals or active families, we hope the 2018 upgrades to sway Ute buyers towards the Nissan Navara. It is an extremely capable vehicle.”

The 2018 Nissan Navara is available in three cabin variants including the Single Cab, King Cab and popular Dual Cab. There are 27 Pickup and eight Cab Chassis options and 10 4X2 and 25 4X4 variants.

There are two engine types, the most popular being the 2.3 litre inter-cooled twin-turbo diesel with 140kW of power at 3,750rpm and 450Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500rpm. It also boasts class-leading fuel economy figures from 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres². Variants are mated with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission, the latter of which has a manual mode.

While pricing generally remains unchanged, eight of the variants have seen prices increase between $200 and $500 reflecting the addition of equipment that is now standard. Pricing# for Single Cab variants start at $25,990, King Cabs from $28,490 and the Dual Cab from $33,490.

For an additional $1,500 Nissan offers a Leather Accented Seat Option³ on King Cab ST-X 7AT and all Dual Cab ST-X grades. A tilt and slide electric sunroof package is also available for $1,000 on the Dual Cab ST-X 4X4.

Available in eight contemporary exterior colours, the 2018 Nissan Navara is on sale now.

 

2018 Nissan Navara MSRP*

Single Cab

 DX 4x4  6MT  Cab Chassis  $31,990
 RX 4x2  6MT   Cab Chassis  $25,990
 RX 4x4  6MT   Cab Chassis  $32,990
 RX 4x4  7AT   Cab Chassis  $35,490

 

King Cab

 RX 4x2  6MT   Cab Chassis  $28,490
 RX 4x4  6MT   Cab Chassis  $35,490
 RX 4x4  6MT   Pickup   $37,290 (+$300)
 ST 4x4  6MT   Pickup   $43,990
 ST 4x4  7AT   Pickup   $46,490
 ST-X 4x4  6MT   Pickup   $49,990
 ST-X 4x4  7AT   Pickup   $52,490*

* Leather accented seats + driver’s power + front heated (Option on ST-X 4x4 7AT) $1,500.

 

Dual Cab

 RX 4x2  6MT   Pickup   $33,490 (+$500)
 RX 4x2  7AT   Pickup   $35,990 (+$500)
 ST 4x2  6MT   Pickup   $40,190 (+$200)
 ST 4x2  7AT   Pickup   $42,690 (+$200)
 ST-X 4x2  6MT   Pickup   $44,990*
 ST-X 4x2  7AT   Pickup   $47,490*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* Leather accented seats + driver’s power + front heated (Option on ST-X 4x2 6MT/7AT) $1,500.

RX 4x4
 6MT   Cab Chassis  $38,490
 RX 4x4  7AT   Cab Chassis  $40,990
 RX 4x4  7AT   Pickup   $42,990 (+$500)
 SL 4x4  6MT   Pickup  $43,990
 SL 4x4  7AT   Pickup  $46,490
 ST 4x4  6MT   Pickup  $47,190 (+$200)
 ST 4x4  7AT   Pickup  $49,690 (+$200)
 ST-X 4x4  6MT   Pickup  $51,990*
 ST-X 4x4  7AT   Pickup  $54,490*

* Leather seats + driver’s power + front heated (Option on ST-X 4x4 6MT/7AT) $1,500
* Sunroof (Option on ST-X 4x4 6MT/7AT) $1,000

 

# Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include premium paint, statutory charges or other on-road costs.
¹ Consisting of the Chief Vehicle Assessment Specialist (CVAS) team, which includes the divisional general manager and manager, the marketability test engineer and the chassis test engineer from Japan, Nissan Australia product planning and engineering, and the overseas chief quality engineer.
² Comparing the top-grade Dual Cab 4x4 versions with manual transmission from the segment’s key competitors. Applicable to the 2018 Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST-X 4x4 6MT. Figures tested in accordance with ADR81/02 (combined test). Figures stated for the purposes of comparison amongst vehicles only. It is unlikely that this fuel consumption figure will be achieved in real world driving conditions. Actual fuel consumption depends on factors such as traffic conditions, vehicle condition, how you drive and any accessories fitted.
³ Leather Seat Option includes leather accented door trim, leather accented seats, 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and heated front seats. Leather accented trim contains synthetic material.

 

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualised revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8 per cent and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolised by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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