RANGE-TOPPING NAVARA

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

NISSAN has officially unveiled its Ranger and Hilux-fighting Navara N-TREK in an attempt to push the Navara back up the 4x4 sales charts. To lure buyers back, Nissan took its Navara Dual Cab ST-X and added plenty of black accessories. This isnít the first time Nissan has gone down this path, either (think: Navara ST Black Edition).

The black treatment begins with 18-inch alloys and has been applied to the fender flares, alloy sports bar, lower body side decals, headlamp bezels, side steps, lower front fascia, rear bumper, front grille, roof rails and door handles. Leather-accented seats (heated up front) boost in-cabin comfort, with the driverís pew further enhanced by power lumbar support.

Like many other Navara 4x4s, the N-TREK is powered by a 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine good for outputs of 140kW and 450Nm, and it has a class-competitive towing capacity of 3500kg.

The top-of-the-range model is a permanent fixture on the Navara line-up, with the six-speed manual priced at $56,450 and the seven-speed auto listed at $58,950.