Nissan Navara Series II adds SL variant, revised suspension

Nissan Australia will soon introduce a range of updates as part of the 2017 Nissan Navara Series II launch for the dual-cab lineup, PerformanceDrive has learned, bringing revised specifications while introducing a new SL variant.


According to leaked documents, the D23 Navara Series II will welcome an SL ‘tradie’ grade to the lineup sitting beneath the mid-spec ST and above the RX. This will be Nissan’s answer to models like the Toyota HiLux Workmate and Ford Ranger XL.

The SL comes with the same twin-turbo diesel engine as featured in the ST and ST-X, producing 140kW and 450Nm. On the combined cycle in manual transmission form it consumes just 6.5L/100km, leading the class, according to Nissan.

The SL features rugged 16-inch steel wheels wearing 255/70 tyres, and comes packaged with auto headlights, a rear-view camera with Nissan Connect, vinyl flooring, and LED headlights.

As for the rest of the Navara Series II range, Nissan has implemented some suspension tuning for the dual-cab 4×2 and 4×4 models for a “slightly firmer yet rounded ride” with “improved stability”. The revisions consist of new front dampers, rear springs, rear dampers, and rear rebounder dampers.

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PerformanceDrive understands the new dual-cab lineup will comprise of the RX, SL, ST, ST-X, and the ST-X with sunroof. Further details and prices are expected to be announced very soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.