Nissan Crowns Navara Range with New King Cab
29th July, 2008
A new four-door variant of the Nissan Navara has arrived with even more load-bed room, torque and towing ability.
A trio of King Cab models is now available powered by a 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine delivering 126 kW power and 403 Nm torque in 4x4 models.
Two transmissions are on offer, the standard six-speed manual and an optional 5-speed automatic. The six-speed manual has a ‘long’ overdrive top gear for better economy and quieter running.
In addition, Nissan is adding a Single Cab Chassis manual transmission model to the 'family' that features a separate two-passenger bench seat and an even longer load bed for those who want the practicality of a tough, modern ute with the latest features.
The Nissan Navara King Cab offers seating for four, thanks to a pair of fold-down rear seats which, when folded, allow more than enough room for luggage or tools behind the front seats.
The King Cab allows easy entry to the rear of the cab thanks to a rear-hinged door on either side that opens wide. With no B pillar, occupants will find cabin entry and egress comfortably easy. Safety is also a priority with head restraints and 3-point seatbelts for all four passengers.
Thanks to the longer load bed, compared with the Navara Dual Cab, the new King Cab ST-X Pick-Up can fit 1,855 mm long loads into its rear tub.
Three King Cab models are available; the RX King Cab Chassis, which along with the premium specification ST-X King Cab Chassis, can be fitted with a Genuine Nissan aftermarket tray; and the sportiest ST-X King Cab utility which comes with its own tub and integrated tub liner, sports bar, rear chrome step bumper and remote fuel release.
All King Cab models (and the Single Cab Chassis) are built at the Nissan Bangna Trad plant located about 20 kilometres east of Bangkok. (Navara Dual Cab is sourced from Spain).
The new models are available from August at Nissan dealers across Australia. The Nissan Navara D40 Dual Cab range has been highly successful in Australia, especially in turbo diesel guise.
The D40 Navara is Nissan Australia’s biggest selling model with close to 9,000 sold so far this calendar year.
“The new Navara King Cab is destined to play an important role in tightening Nissan’s grip on the light commercial vehicle market,” said Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Australia.
"The D40 Navara Dual Cab has been a very big seller for Nissan Australia since its launch here and is often in the top ten of all models, according to VFACTS."
"We see the King Cab models entering a growing market segment, where the need to balance a large load with the ability to carry four in safety and comfort, if only occasionally, will be greatly appreciated by our customers."
"The Navara King Cab will have a broad appeal, from working tradesmen to people with active lifestyles who need to transport bulky gear in rougher terrain."
"Increasingly, customers want to be able to use their vehicle at the weekends, as much as during the week. Our customers love how their Navara drives and they don’t want to leave it behind when the work day is done," said Thompson.
"We also believe that the availability of an automatic transmission across the King Cab rage will appeal to many of our customers. This gives us a distinct advantage against our competitors."
"Many Navara customers have something big to tow and with a 4x4 class-topping 403 Nm torque and a 3,000 kg towing capacity (equaling class-best) across the range, that should be no problem."
“The Nissan Navara King Cab range offers a wide choice from the RX King Cab to the sportiest ST-X Pick-Up. There’s a Navara King Cab to suit all needs and tastes,“ said Thompson.
Nissan Navara King Cab Range RRP
RX King Cab Chassis $38,160
Nissan Navara Single Cab RRP
RX Single Cab Chassis $33,660
The Nissan Navara King Cab Range in Detail
Nissan Navara RX King Cab Chassis
Nissan Navara ST-X King Cab Chassis
Nissan Navara ST-X King Cab Utility
The new Nissan Navara King Cab range adds a new dimension to the best-seller Navara Dual Cab range to give buyers a big choice of rugged performance and practicality.
All King Cab models are fitted with Nissan’s proven 4WD system that can be switched on the move between 2WD and full-time 4WD. A low range transfer case is also featured which can be activated when stationary.
With a high 205 mm ground clearance and long 3,200 mm wheelbase, the Navara King Cab is ready for the rough. Short front and rear overhangs mean a useful angle of approach of 32-degrees while the departure angle is 27.5-degrees (24-degrees for the King Cab ST-X Pick-Up).
For customers opting for the top-of-the-range ST-X Pick-Up, the load bed, with its integrated tub liner, provides ample storage space for work tools or recreational gear. The ST-X Pick-Up version’s load bed is 1,855 mm long and 1,560 mm wide, with 1,135 mm clearance between the wheel arches. The tailgate opening width is 1,435 mm. Built to carry a hefty load the RX King Cab Chassis can carry more than 1,100 kg in manual guise and 1,083 kg as an auto, while the ST-X Cab Chassis carries 1,091 kilogrammes in manual and 1,065 in automatic guise.
When the ST-X Pick-Up is selected, the carrying capacity is 939 kg in manual transmission guise and 913kg in automatic.
King Cab customers can keep their fuel bills under control with the big 80-litre tank feeding fuel efficient diesel engines.
All three Navara King Cab models return 9.8-litres per 100 km on the combined cycle, in manual transmission guise, and 10.5l/100 km as automatics.
The King Cab range is available in eight colours, Platinum, Atlantic Blue, Polar White, Aztec Gold, Burgundy, Reef Blue, Cosmic Black and Slate Grey.
Like all Nissan vehicles, the range is supported by a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three-year 24-hour roadside assistance.
The Nissan Navara Single Cab Chassis in Detail
The Navara Single Cab Chassis comes exclusively in 4WD and is powered by a proven common rail turbo-diesel 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed manual transmission.
This produces 106 kW power at 4,000 rpm and 356 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. The frugal diesel engine consumes only 9.3l/100 km on the combined cycle. The front brakes are ventilated discs, with drums at the rear. The Single Cab rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, is shod with 205 R16 tyres and carries a steel spare wheel.
The Single Cab Chassis is ready to work with a carrying capacity of 1,200 kg and a substantial 3,000 kg towing capacity. With a Genuine Nissan aftermarket tray in place the Single Cab model will have the largest load bed of all D40 Navara models.
The Navara Single Cab Chassis is well equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a limited slip differential, selectable 4WD, air-conditioning, dual airbags, cloth trim and a lockable glove box. It also features power steering, an AM/FM radio with CD player, and a 12V power accessory socket.
The Single Cab Chassis is sharply positioned against its key rivals with 356 Nm torque, standard alloy wheels, driver-selectable 4WD on the move, standard air conditioning, front seat central armrest and a hefty 3,000 kg towing capacity.
The spacious cab features a driver’s seat and two-passenger bench seat.
The Nissan Navara Single Cab Chassis comes in a range of four colours: Platinum, Atlantic Blue, Polar White and Aztec Gold.
Like all Nissan vehicles the range is supported by a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three-year 24-hour roadside assistance.
Taking on the market: The new Nissan Navara
The new Nissan Navara King Cab and Single Cab 4WD models will expand Nissan’s presence in a key part of the light commercial vehicle market by adding four new models to a range that is already Nissan’s biggest selling in Australia by a significant margin.
The new models enter the market at a busy time. Sales in the 4x4 LCV Pick-up/Cab Chassis market are booming on the back of a robust economy.
Sales for the segment in 2007 were extremely strong, with VFACTS reporting 82,691 total sales for the 4x4 LCV segment of the popular Ute market, of which Nissan Navara brand vehicles accounted for 18,245 or 22.1 percent of the total.
The segment improved by 22 percent in 2007 over the previous year, underlining the scope of the growth.
So far in 2008, with six months sales already completed, Nissan is fairing well with the Navara Dual Cab models alone and the recently reintroduced D22 Navara models, with 8,932 sales (20.1 percent of the segment).
Growth in the 4x4 LCV segment in 2008 continues at 3.7 percent overall. The Navara range accounted for 29 percent of all Nissan sales in Australia in the first six months of 2008, underlining its importance in the product family.
Now with the arrival of these four new models to augment the Nissan footprint in the segment, Navara sales should grow significantly to open the gap over its many secondary rivals and put it in closer contention with the volume leader.
With 180+ Nissan Australia dealers, the new Navara Single and King Cab models will become a familiar sight on building sites, farms, water sport playgrounds and Moto-cross tracks around the country.
A major feature that will give Navara King Cab the edge in this market is the availability of an automatic transmission – an option which its rivals cannot match - and the choice of a high-specification (ST-X) grade in Cab Chassis and Pick-Up version.
The D40 Navara appeals to the premium end of the market while the ever-popular D22 Navara fulfils the traditional, value-driven role for independent contractors and fleet buyers alike.
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