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New Nissan Navara dual-cab offers enough space, power and comfort to rock its rivals

29 Nov 2005

NISSAN isn’t letting Toyota get its way any longer with the well-received HiLux, calling in the services of the all-new D40 Navara to snare more than a few of the more well-heeled light-truck buyers. And it really seems the company has done its homework, offering a strong diesel, powerful V6, up-to-date gearboxes, plenty of comfort and space, and a big dose of refinement in a handsomely proportioned package. The new Navara may be Nissan’s best chance yet to really show its arch nemesis how to do it.
Model release date: 1 November 2005 to 1 January 2012

Previous model

D22 Navara ST-R dual-cab

Released: December 01
Ended: October 05
Family Tree: Navara

Continuing alongside the new-generation D40 Navara, the D22 ST-R (according to Nissan) single-handedly reinvigorated the lifestyle light truck segment with its appealing combination of creature comforts and rugged go-anywhere demeanour. It certainly made the 1997-vintage D22 Navara range more palatable.

Initially the five-speed manual-only ST-R – in cab-chassis, single-cab and dual-cab guises – came in a 120kW/248Nm 3.0-litre V6 until 2003’s facelift brought on a 125kW/260Nm 3.3-litre unit. Yet it has been the 110kW/314Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that’s been one of the main attractions.

Now that the D40 is here, the V6 models vanish, but Nissan is still hoping price-sensitive consumers still keep coming for some of that price-effective D22 ST-R action.

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