The updated Nissan Navara 2019 will be arriving into UK dealerships in time for September 2019 registrations, the company has announced.
The update mainly centres around safety and technology with virtually no visual alternations. Prices will increase by around £1,500.
Nissan Navara: Background
The current-generation Navara, codenamed the D23, is the third incarnation and was launched in the UK relatively recently in 2016. However, the model was first sold in south-east Asia back in 2014 and, given the sheer number of new model launches since then, the Navara is starting to look a little long in the tooth against its rivals.
Unlike the initial launch, Nissan has decided to roll out the updated model simultaneously in all markets, including Latin America where there are now two Navara factories (Mexico and Argentina). Other Navara factories include Thailand, China and Spain, where models destined for Europe are built. In 2018, 231,435 units were sold globally.
“The multi-award-winning Navara once again sets a new benchmark in the pickup sector, combining the best of Nissan’s crossover leadership with over 80 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing robust and cleverly engineered pickups”, said Andrea Patti, LCV category manager at Nissan Motor (GB).
Nissan Navara: Engineering Updates
From a technical viewpoint, there have been a couple of modest revisions. Across the range, there is a new six-speed manual transmission and new alloy wheel designs, although the biggest alterations have been made to utility models.
Nissan has switched from leaf spring to coil spring rear suspensions for the 2019 Navara, allowing for a more comfortable drive, increasing the ride height by 25mm and increasing the payload by 46kg. Engineers have also replaced the rear drum brakes with discs and callipers, along with larger front brake discs (+4mm) resulting in a reduced stopping distance.
The only exterior updates are the new 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and new black bezel inlays in the LED daytime running lights.
Nissan Navara: Technology
In terms of technology, fitted as standard from N-Connecta grade, is Nissan’s latest generation Nissan Connect entertainment system featuring an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple Car Play, to give owners the latest connected services.
New features include smartphone integration, with customers able to locate the vehicle, lock/unlock the vehicle, check vehicle health (fuel and fluid levels) and send their destination to the vehicle’s Satellite Navigation ahead of departure.
Nissan Navara: Price and Availability
Nissan has increased the list prices by around £1,500, with the new models stretching from £21,850 plus VAT for the 4WD extended chassis cab Visia 6-speed manual to £31,125 Basic Retail for flagship 4WD double-cab N-Guard 7-Speed automatic. The new model will retain the existing 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty.