Nissan updates the Navara
26th March, 2010
At work or play, Nissan’s new top-of-the-range Series 4
Navara ST-X Dual Cab utility offers a combination of mountainous torque, 'muscular' good looks and a
trove of additional equipment.
On or off-road, Nissan claim the new Navara ST-X is the one to beat.
Now available with an upgraded 140 kW/450 Nm 2.5 litre turbo-diesel engine, improved exterior and
interior design, luxury equipment such as dual zone climate control plus a full complement of active and
passive safety features including ESP (electronic stability programme), the Nissan Navara ST-X provides
a good option for dual cab customers.
Dual Cab ute buyers seeking unrivalled torque pulling-power need look no further than the new Series
4 Nissan Navara ST-X Dual Cab with its improved 2.5 litre four-cylinder diesel engine which now boasts
more power and torque, lower emissions and major fuel savings.
Now producing an 'athletic' 140 kW of power (up from 126 kW) and a 'beefy' 450 Nm of torque (up from
403 Nm), it beats its rivals into submission.
The already punchy common rail engine has been tuned by Nissan’s R&D team. The significant output
increases will bring a smile to every Navara ST-X driver’s face, not just because the increases in
output are combined with decreases in input; specifically, requiring less fuel to get the job done
with even more ease, but because exhaust emissions are also reduced and refinement levels are increased.
The changes include a new direct injection system, which operates at 2,000 bar, up from 1,800 bar. This
increase in pressure means the fuel spray is atomised to an even finer degree, resulting in more complete
A new cylinder head with parallel ports increases the swirl efficiency of the combustion process,
smoothing the intake and exhaust flow, while a new variable nozzle turbo (VNT) with electric control
replacing the previous hydraulic system, and generating quicker responses, has also been adopted.
These improvements not only raise power, but also lower fuel consumption and emissions. The latter are
also reduced thanks to the fitment of a by-pass valve in the Exhaust Gas Recycling cooling system. The
by-pass valve allows the EGR system to warm up more quickly from a cold start, cutting emissions of
hydrocarbons and soot still further.
The overall result is a useful 11 per cent rise in power and torque to keep the engine at the top of
the class. Power rises to 140 kW and torque increases by a pounding 47 Nm to 450 Nm.
Over the combined fuel cycle test 6-speed manual versions use just 8.5 litres of diesel per 100 km, a
substantial 1.3 litres less fuel (or 13 per cent less than before). The 5-speed automatic ST-X Dual Cab
saves even more fuel at 9.0 litres/100 kms versus 10.5 litres/100 kms of the previous model – a 4 per
Additionally, CO2 emissions are cut substantially by 40 g/km to 224 g/km.
Refinement is enhanced by the use of flexible tubing at the turbocharger outlet. A small bellows-type
joint helps to absorb excess vibration, promoting smoother engine performance whether idling or under
The 198 kW V6 4.0-litre petrol engine currently offered in the ST-X continues unchanged.
The new-look ST-X Dual Cab gains reprofiled front-end styling for 2010.
Changes at the front include a new bonnet, revised grille and a new bumper assembly, which add 80mm
to the overall length. The bumper is more rounded and lends a more sporting touch to the visual first
New six-spoke 17 inch alloy wheels give the side view more power.
As well as visual improvements, the changes to the design also contribute to a reduction in the
coefficient of drag (Cd) from 0.38 to 0.37 boosting fuel economy and contributing to cabin refinement.
The colour range is enhanced with the addition of two new colours: Electric Blue and Flame Red.
The many detailed changes inside the cabin of the Series 4 Nissan Navara ST-X have enhanced its
quality and appearance. These include new switchgear, revised door trims, new seat fabric, and the
addition of chrome highlights and revised dials.
Typical of the attention to detail that has helped enhance quality are the door trims which have been
changed to improve both the look and feel of the interior and boost practicality. The armrests and door
pads are nicer to touch thanks to the increased thickness and density of the foam used, but their shape
has also been altered to make them more comfortable as well.
Practical touches mean the door pockets can now happily hold a typical large-scale Australian map
book and a one litre drink bottle.
Switchgear changes include a new, easier to use, all-wheel drive command control switch while the
steering wheel controls for the phone and audio are now illuminated.
Chrome finishers have been added to the automatic transmission surround and to the instrument
A new centre-floor console and C-cluster design provides a very stylish and contemporary interior.
The new ST-X also gains dual zone climate control plus power folding mirrors, Bluetooth hands free
phone connectivity, auxiliary input for MP3 devices and a drive computer. Illuminated steering wheel
controls for the phone and audio complete the interior changes.
Safety is well covered with a full complement of airbags fitted to the new Series 4 Navara ST-X as
standard, including driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags.
Active safety is catered for with Nissan’s Electronic Stability Programme now fitted as standard
on ST-X diesel models.
The new high-power turbo-diesel powered Series 4 Navara ST-X has plenty of advantages over its
closest rival, not least of which is a $2,700 price advantage.
It also has 14 kW more power and a massive 107 Nm more torque, and can tow a full 3,000 kg (750 kg
The turbo-diesel powered Navara ST-X has a six-speed manual gearbox (one more than its rival) as
well as ESP and Brake Assist, EBD, 17 inch alloys (vs. 15 inch), height-adjustable headlight control,
folding electrically-adjustable mirrors, 6 speakers (not 4), three-point rear seatbelts for all seats,
switch operated AWD mode selection, 4-channel Utili-track load restraint system, 60/40 split folding
rear seats and dual zone climate control.
Active head restraints are another critical safety feature fitted to the new Nissan Navara ST-X.
The new Series 4 Nissan Navara ST-X is available in four variants: ST-X petrol manual and Auto, and
ST-X diesel manual and auto.
Nissan Navara ST-X Petrol 6-speed Manual - $47,990*
Nissan Navara ST-X Petrol 5-speed Auto - $50,240*
Nissan Navara ST-X Diesel Manual - $50,990*
Nissan Navara ST-X Diesel Auto - $53,240*
NOTE: * Prices exclude dealer delivery fees and the various state/territory statutory charges.
“With class-leading diesel power and torque, improved fuel economy, lower emissions, more safety
equipment, better quality and a refreshed visual appeal, the new Navara is well-positioned to attract
even more customers to its ranks,” says Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Australia.
“It offers performance and equipment advantages over its closest rivals that the market will find
hard to ignore, particularly versions equipped with the new high-output turbo-diesel engine,”