How Nissan engineers 'ride comfort' into its new Navara

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2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)
2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)

• Japanese carmaker Nissan will build its latest Navara at in Rosslyn, Pretoria.

• The new generation is set to launch locally in April.

• The safety technology includes forward warning collision and intelligent emergency braking.

• In terms of suspension, the Navara, like its predecessor, sports a five-link coil rear suspension.

Nissan's new Navara is mere months away from its local launch and the Japanese company has unveiled information on how it achieves a comfortable ride.  

It's very interesting to see how much work goes into creating a product that must balance between a daily driver and a workhorse.

As a result of these needs, Nissan has increased amounts of sound softening insulation, laminated windshield and front windows.


Seats promoting 'neutral' posture

For the driver's convenience, Nissan includes a new steering wheel with improved styling of the instrument panel highlighting the 20cm navigation screen and a 17cm higher-resolution TFT screen, making it easier for the driver to park with the auto-folding door mirror and change lanes with confidence. 

To further prioritise both passengers and driver, the Navara contains spinal support in the driver seat, promoting a 'neutral' posture to reduce pressure on the spine.

The rear seats are now even more comfortable, with upgrades to the seat cushions and back shapes, says Nissan. The rear seats are designed with rear armrest cup holders, rear air vents, and a USB port for added convenience.

"The Navara ushers in a new age of toughness and introduces a new ruggedly bold exterior made for extreme elements; however, one thing that we do not compromise on is the safety and interior comfort of our customers. This bakkie is designed to give you exceptional comfort as your adventure travel and worksite partner, well-equipped to take on new challenges while still offering optimal room and quiet comfort that supports you on any road," said Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan South Africa Marketing Director.

Five-link coil rear suspension

Nissan says the ride comfort on rough roads at any loading condition is further improved thanks to the new dual-rate spring rain-sensing wipers and suspension stroke control.

Adding to the vehicle's stability and handling, Navara Double Cab has a heavy-duty five-link coil rear suspension (like an SUV) versus the usual pick-up leaf rear suspension.

The all-new Navara goes on sale in the second half of 2021.

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