THE Nissan Navara has been given a mid-term boost with a number of significant enhancements designed to keep it at the top of its class with more luxurious equipment and an even more distinguishable appearance.
The range already represents some of the toughest and most versatile bakkies on the market, with a comprehensive lineup from the rugged King Cab model - for those in need of some extra cabin space behind the front seats - to the versatile XE-SE midrange Double Cabs, right up to a comprehensively spaced double-cab leisure bakkie in the form of the new 2010 Navara LE.
The luxurious LE is the focus of the specification enhancements added in this revision.
Among the changes are power delivery and economy improvements to the class-leading 2,5-litre dCi diesel; greater levels of passive safety; enhanced interior quality and a number of styling changes.
The 2,5dCi four cylinder turbo-diesel engine has been significantly improved to cement its position as the most advanced engine in the one-ton pick-up market, with enhancements to overall refinement and all aspects of its performance.
Though the previous generation's power and torque delivery was already class-leading in this size of diesel engine, subtle retuning has yielded an 11percent rise in power and torque figures keeping it at the top of the class.
Power output rises to 140 kW while torque increases by a healthy 47Nm to 450Nm, in the 4X4 LE models. The 4x2 models receive a similar upgrade, now producing 403Nm and 128kW.
The revised models have been given a new look front and rear to differentiate them from predecessors. Changes at the front include a new bonnet, revised grille and a new bumper assembly. These changes have added 80mm to the length of the Navara.
While clearly retaining the trademark look of an up-market leisure bakkie with genuine all-condition capabilities, the revised styling now also suggests more sportiness as well as being a cleaner and more modern overall design.
Navara enthusiasts will appreciate that the distinctive styling of the bakkie remains similar to its popular predecessors, just subtly smoothing the lines for a more aggressive exterior aesthetic.