Now built in SA, the one-tonner rides smoother

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Now built in SA, the one-tonner rides smoother

The Nissan Navara has received and upgrade and a price drop, and now comes as a single cab too

Denis Droppa

Ahead of the newly upgraded Nissan Navara going on local sale in June, Motor News was recently invited to test drive a pre-production unit ahead of its market debut.

The vehicle is built at Nissan SA’s Rosslyn plant near Pretoria and we drove it back to back with the pre-updated Navara, which has sold here since 2017 as an import. In a R3bn investment, Nissan’s one-tonner range will be produced for the local market and exported to Sub-Saharan Africa. It will be built alongside the NP200 half-ton bakkie and the ancient NP300 Hardbody one-tonner ceases production.

With a midlife facelift to sharpen its styling and modernise the tech, there have been under-the-skin upgrades to improve how the Navara drives. Driving the old and new double cab top-of-the-range versions back to back on the same roads, I noticed clear improvements to the refinement and ride quality...

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