Nissan Navara ST-X Dual Cab: Tow test
The top of the range ST-X Dual Cab is the Nissan Navara’s smoothest ride yet.
The Navara tested here is the top model in the range – the ST-X dual-cab automatic – which is $54,490 (plus on-road costs). If you want to shift gears yourself, you can opt for a six-speed manual ST-X and save $2500 in the process.
The Navara ST-X comes with cruise control, Bluetooth, trip computer, dual-zone climate-control with rear outlets, flip-up rear seats, a multi-function steering wheel, 10 cup/bottle holders, power windows, monochromatic interior rear-vision mirror, power sliding rear window, keyless entry and start, leather seats (heated at the front), a 7in touch-screen with sat-nav, rear parking sensors and rear-view camera, fog lights, side steps, alloy sports bar and a rear differential lock, LED daytime running lights, auto LED projector headlights, sunroof, 18in alloys, heated exterior mirrors with LED indicators, front step lights, tub liner and the Utili-Track tie-down system.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Jatco seven-speed automatic transmission is similar to that used in the Y62 Patrol, and features idle neutral control and a long-travel, lock-up damper torque converter which, according to Nissan, allows low revolution of converter lock-up without undue noise, vibration or harshness.
The transmission provides smooth shifts and the ratios appear well chosen for the application. The only downside, as mentioned, is the transmission’s apparent unwillingness to offer a decisive kick-down when sudden acceleration is called for.
The maximum 300kg static ball load is only available with a reduced payload. You can only carry 579kg in the Navara with the maximum 300kg ball load. The payload figure increases with a diminished ball load allowance. For example, a 719kg payload equates to a 200kg maximum ball load. If you want to carry a maximum of 859kg in the Navara, you’ll have to stick with a maximum 100kg ball load. The total permitted payload in the Navara, which you can’t use when towing, is 989kg.
With a caravan behind, the Navara’s suspension issues were magnified. Although it displayed no untoward yawing, it certainly pitched all too easily over bumps. It simply felt too soft to be a comfortable proposition on tour. Perhaps a beefed-up, aftermarket suspension would fix this, because in most other respects the Navara makes towing easy.
NISSAN NAVARA ST-X DUAL CAB SPECS
Weights and measures
- Length 5255mm
- Width 1850mm
- Height 1840mm
- Wheelbase 3150mm
- Ground clearance 228mm
- Kerb mass 1921kg
- Gross Vehicle Mass 2910kg
- Gross Combined Mass 5910kg
- Towing capacity (unbraked/braked) 750kg/3500kg
- Towball (max) 300kg
- Engine 2.3L twin-turbodiesel inline four-cylinder
- Transmission Seven-speed automatic
- Power 140kW at 3750rpm
- Torque 450Nm at 1500-2500rpm
Gear ratios (:1)
- 1 4.886
- 2 3.169
- 3 2.027
- 4 1.411
- 5 1.000
- 6 0.864
- 7 0.774
- Rev 4.041
- Final drive 3.357
- High/low ratio 1.000/2.717
- Towbar and brake controller
- Fuel capacity 80L
- Suspension Independent, double wishbone coil springs (front); live-axle, five-link coil springs (rear)
- Brakes Ventilated discs (front); drums (rear)
- Wheels 18in alloy
- Warranty Three year/100,000km
- Roof load 80kg
- $54,490 (plus on-road costs)
The full test appears in Caravan World #543 November 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!