First drive: Nissan Navara ST-X 550/Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550

17 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First drive: Nissan Navara ST-X 550/Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550
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Barry Park

Nissan ST-X 550 / Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550

Navara ST-X 550.

to Nissan’s Navara dual-cab ute and people-moving off-roader take the game will soon Considerably.

From early year, Nissan shoppers be able to buy range-topping versions of pair featuring a new, turbo diesel V6 that V8-rivalling torque. Nothing will match the engine’s including the recently revealed Ranger and Mazda BT-50 Nissan says.

The 3.0-litre produces 170kW of power and of torque, while using 9.5 litres of fuel per 100km. The V6 be matched to a seven-speed automatic and will be more expensive the current six-cylinder model in the

But Nissan says the strength of the dollar has allowed the company to in the new technology at a reasonable price.

to Nissan Australia chief Dan Thompson, the V6 will be available in the range-topping Nissan Navara ute and Nissan Pathfinder Ti off-roader for less than a $10,000 over the 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel that currently the range.

The weaker euro the Australian dollar has helped the of the V6 diesel, and by an amount in the thousands of Thompson told Drive at week’s brief introduction to the new It’s certainly helped price negotiations.

Models featuring the new engine wear an extra 550 badge and a V6 to show they have the although the confusingly stylised on the cars at this week’s event makes it look like an SSO.

Because the new won’t arrive in Australian-delivery until January, Nissan in two British models that it put on at the recent Sydney motor They were transported to Mount Cotton driver facility this week so the motoring media could get a of what to expect.

The cars looked very to those already on sale in Because they were models, they were specified with features sunroof, rain-sensing wipers and lights, and body-coloured heated mirrors for the Pathfinder, and a hard cover, roof rails, and a tub liner for the Navara.

Cranking the is a revelation. Nissan’s older four-cylinder engine was updated in to build up 140kW of power and of torque, but it is rough at idle, and noisy and harsh at revs, its able performance.

Nissan Navara

By comparison, the new V6 is smooth, quiet and Apart from a little at start-up, you’d be hard-pressed to if it was a spark or compression ignition ticking over under the

Slip the new seven-speed gearbox drive, give the engine a few and again you’ll again be to tell that it is a diesel There’s barely any sign of the lag that can blight many oil – the 2.5-litre Nissan included – and acceleration is and linear.

Push the accelerator into the rubber floor though, and there’s some that maybe things are not they appear. There’s notable hesitation as the auto decides if it wants to kick a gear or two, and then a of momentum as the engine sidles up to its redline and a surge of torque to spin the back wheels. The V6 a lower compression ratio other diesel engines in the line-up, so it dials up revs willingly.

Peak torque doesn’t in till 1750rpm, but the engine to have enough power to the fact.

Importantly, though, the extra has the added benefit of lifting the capacity of the Pathfinder by 500kg, it a LandCruiser-rivalling 3500kg.

Unfortunately, our with the new engine was brief and did not an in-depth assessment of its ability, in terms of towing.

However, it was to tell that rivals the Mitsubishi Challenger and Pajero, LandCruiser Prado, and even the locally made Ford diesel, may need to go back to the board. Quickly.

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