Nissan has crowned its beefy workhorse, the Navara, with a new four-door King Cab. With 1855mm of tray, the new King Cab boasts a longer load bed for trade and recreational buyers, and class-leading torque and towing capability.
The new model can only help Nissanâ€™s strong showing in the â€˜work and playâ€™ market segment. The D40 Navara is Nissan Australiaâ€™s biggest selling model with close to 9,000 sold so far this calendar year. â€œThe new Navara King Cab is destined to play an important role in tightening Nissanâ€™s grip on the light commercial vehicle market,â€ Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Australia, said.
â€œMany Navara customers have something big to tow, and with the 4x4â€™s class-topping 403Nm torque and a 3000kg towing capacity (equalling class-best) across the range, that should be no problem.â€
With two conventional doors, two â€˜suicideâ€™ doors and no B-pillar to impede entry (like, hello RX8), the King Cab allows easy access for passengers to a pair of fold-down rear seats. Weâ€™re not sure youâ€™d whack â€˜Stretch, Jumbo and Shortyâ€™ in the back â€“ the extra seating may only be short-haul propositions â€“ but, when not in use, the seats can be folded away to allow room for tools or luggage.
And, for those who like to ensure that the â€˜royal buttâ€™ is being conveyed in appropriate comfort, Nissan has included a premium King Cab ST-X with the new variant.
Keeping the show moving, Nissanâ€™s muscular 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine (producing 126kW and a grunt-laden 403Nm torque) can be mated to a six-speed manual (with a â€˜longâ€™ overdrive top gear for better economy) or the five-speed automatic.
After hours, the King Cabâ€™s 205mm ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles, and long wheelbase, should ensure it finds a lot of friends looking for a tough out-doors recreational workhorse.
Three new models are available; the RX King Cab Chassis and ST-X King Cab Chassis, and the ST-X King Cab Pick-Up (thatâ€™d be the â€˜uteâ€™) which will hit the wallet starting at $38,160 for the RX King Cab Chassis; $41,160 for the ST-X King Cab Chassis; and $42,660 for the ST-X King Cab Ute. For the five-speed auto add $2,250
Weâ€™ll review it in the next month and give you the drum on its performance.
Specs and features
- 126kW power at 4000rpm
- 403Nm torque at 2000rpm
- Limited slip differential
- 3000kg braked towing capacity
- 300kg max towball download
- Selectable on-the move part-time/full time 4WD
- Low-range transfer case
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- ABS with Brake Assist
- Dual airbags
- Power accessory socket
- Cloth trim
- Body coloured front bumper with chrome grille
(Add side steps, cruise control, remote central locking, power windows and mirrors and six-stacker CD for the ST-X Cab Chassis, add tub-liner, sports bar and remote fuel release for the ST-X ute.)