Later this month, Australian buyers will be in for a more comprehensively safe version of Nissan’s one-tonne ute, the Navara, thanks to a 2018 update that elevates the standard level of active driver aids and safety features.
For one thing, even the most basic pick-ups (not including cab chassis styles of course) of MY2018 Navaras will receive a rear-view camera as standard, whereas the higher grade ST-X Dual and King Cab variants will have that supplemented with an 360-degree camera, feeding the standard 7-inch infotainment screen. More variants will also receive standard in-built satellite navigation as well and those with second row seats will have ISOFIX anchoring points.
In addition to the upgraded tech array, Nissan have also chose to address the cargo-carrying criticisms levied against the Navara. In response, the 2018 model will receive hardier rear suspension. Supposedly, this will impact ride and handling in some positive way, though it’s not clear how quite yet.
Also, all permutations of the Navara in SL, ST, and ST-X grades will be equipped with a digital speedometer, which is coming June. Should one of the posher ST-X versions be selected with an automatic transmission, buyers will have the option of fitting a leather trim and upholstery for an additional $1,500. Selecting this will also incorporate heated seats, lumbar adjustment and 8-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.