|ROSSLYN, South Africa ( 10 March 2014) -
The Nissan NAVARA continues to top the power and torque charts in the
South African bakkie market, standing its ground against fierce
competition from newer rivals in recent years.
NAVARA was way ahead of its time when it was originally introduced in
2005, its range of petrol and diesel-powered bakkies still offer the
Product Marketing Manager at Nissan South
Africa, Marinus Venter, comments: "The Nissan NAVARA was launched as a
new-age bakkie with class-leading technology and refinement and today it
continues to lead from the front in several aspects of design,
engineering, style, purpose and technology. The fact that it is still
proving a popular choice in 2014 shows just how innovative and engaging
the NAVARA continues to be. It is a great embodiment of our ‘Innovation
that Excites' ethos.
"This excitement is provided courtesy of the
pickup's petrol and diesel V6 engines in particular, ensuring NAVARA
continues to be the bakkie to beat in South Africa."
|4.0-litre V6 petrol means business
smooth and meaty 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine fitted to the Nissan NAVARA
LE includes advanced design features like Electronic Throttle Control
with secondary mapping in 4LO mode (in the 4x4 model), Continuous Valve
Timing Control (C-VTC), Nissan Variable Induction Control System (NICS),
a silent timing chain, micro-finished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces,
molybdenum-coated pistons, a resin intake manifold, a digital knock
control system, high-capacity muffler and a lightweight aluminium block.
produces more than one million V6 engines each year making it the
largest manufacturer of V6 engines in the world. The VQ series found in
NAVARA has been ranked among the ten best engines in the world for
the last fourteen years, and is related to the earth-shattering
twin-turbocharged V6 engine which powers the famous Nissan GT-R.
V9X diesel V6 tops diesel charts
to deliver high levels of performance with outstanding fuel efficiency,
competitive emissions and class-leading refinement, the 3.0-litre
turbocharged common rail diesel motor fitted to the range-topping NAVARA
3.0 dCi 4x4 LE astounds with its 170 kW and class-leading 550 Nm -
making the NAVARA the only one-ton pickup vehicle in South Africa to
feature a diesel V6 engine. The torque is available from as low as 1 700
rpm and pulls consistently all the way to 2 500 rpm, 500 Nm of which is
available from as low as 1 500 rpm. Idle speed is low at 650 rpm, with
the usual NVH connotations associated with diesel engines non-existent.
results are strong low-end performance with comfortably refined power
delivery and exceptional throttle response. Flipping over the coin, the
strong diesel performance bestows the Nissan NAVARA 3.0 dCi 4x4 LE with a
towing capacity of 3 000 kg. Key to its smoothness and responsiveness, a
vee-angle of 65 degrees and construction from Compacted Graphite Iron
(CGI) ensures the benefits of a cast iron block - including high levels
of stiffness and noise absorption - are maintained, but without the
weight penalty. Although CGI is heavier than pure alloy construction,
stiffening ribs and extra sound-deadening material are no longer
necessary, contributing to a comparatively modest weight gain.
class-leading torque and highly competitive specific power outputs are
delivered thanks to the adoption of a comparatively large single
turbocharger which is mounted within the vee of the engine, an
intercooler, and the use of latest-generation Bosch common-rail fuel
injection which incorporates piezo injectors operating at 1 800 bar.
combination of engine refinement, high-end packaging, excellent
specifications and a 'go anywhere, do anything' attitude to life is what
carries the Nissan NAVARA forward - still South Africa's most powerful