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2019 Nissan Navara gets significant engineering upgrades, increased connectivity

  • New engine, gearbox, brakes and rear suspension
  • Big payload increase, improved safety, better driving experience?
  • Enhanced smartphone connectivity, including Apple CarPlay

Nissan is updating its popular Navara pickup truck range from July 2019, and although it might not look much different – eye-catching alloy wheels aside – there are plenty of changes under the skin.

Including a new six-speed manual gearbox, more powerful brakes and extra torque for the entry-level 163hp engine, plus an increase in payload up to a huge 1,240kg.

What’s new for the 2019 Navara?

Quite a lot. Here’s the full list:

  • New six-speed manual gearbox
  • More powerful brakes
  • Increased payload
  • Increased torque for 163hp engine
  • All engines now meet latest Euro 6D Temp emissions regulations
  • Multi-link rear suspension on all models
  • New Nissan Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and remote connectivity
  • New alloy wheel designs
  • Black bezel inlays for the LED headlights
  • Trailer Sway Assist on all models

What’s different about the gearbox?

Although the Navara already had a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, Nissan has replaced this with a completely new unit, with longer gear ratios but a shorter shift pattern.

This should make the physical act of changing gears easier, as well as meaning you’ll need to change gear less often.

2019 Nissan Navara - Double Cab, blue, front view, new alloy wheels

Longer ratios also tend to improve fuel consumption (because you need fewer engine revs for the same road speed), but typically come at the cost of some performance.

Nissan is yet to confirm either point, but we suspect the change is partly prompted by the new emissions requirements coming into force in September 2019.

The optional seven-speed automatic transmission carries on as before.

What’s different about the 2019 Narava’s brakes?

For the first time the Navara now comes with disc brakes at the back in place of the previous drums – a feature that only a few other pickups offer.

At the same time, Nissan has also increased the size of the front discs and the brake booster.

2019 Nissan Navara - Double Cab, blue, rear view, new rear disc brakes

As a result, braking distances are reduced (Nissan hasn’t said by how much) even though the effort needed to press the pedal has also fallen by some 40%.

Sounds like good news to us.

Any other chassis changes?

All models now get the multi-link rear suspension system with coil springs that has always set the Navara aside from most other pickups.

Previously this was limited to Double Cab models, but now the King Cab gets the same set-up, which is more sophisticated than the conventional leaf springs used by most rival pickups and has been updated for 2019 with new ‘dual stage’ coils.

2019 Nissan Navara - King Cab, red, rear view showing load bed area

Multi-link suspension gives the Navara more car-like handling (although we’ve always found the ride comfort a little disappointing – perhaps the new springs will help), and fears that some operators have about its ability to handle weight may be put off by the news that the 2019 Navara’s payload ratings have gone up by as much as 46kg.

The Visia Double Cab leads the way here, with a maximum payload rating of 1,240kg, one of the highest of any pickup sold in the UK.

2019 Nissan Navara - King Cab, red, side view showing increased rear suspension height

The new suspension also raises the rear of the Navara by 25mm, giving it what Nissan calls ‘an upright and more powerful looking stance.’

These suspension changes sound a lot like alterations made to Australian-market Navaras back in early 2018, which were designed to improve handling and behaviour when loaded and / or towing. However, we've checked with Nissan, and it says that UK / European models are different to Australian versions, and the two can't be compared.

We look forward to trying the new suspension very soon, either way.

All Navaras now come with Trailer Sway Assist as standard, too – an enhancement of the electronic stability control system that makes towing easier and safer.

Advanced safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking are already offered on this pickup.

How does the 163hp engine make more torque?

That’s an easy one – Nissan’s added a second turbocharger…

Well, it’s really more that it’s now offering a detuned version of the 190hp 2.3-litre diesel engine (which already had two turbos) in place of the previous 163hp single-turbo 2.3-litre diesel engine.

2019 Nissan Navara - King Cab, red, front view, with new twin-turbo 163hp engine

The extra turbo means the new 163hp engine has 425Nm of torque – which is 22Nm more than before.

Both the new 163hp twin-turbo and the latest 190hp twin-turbo now conform to the latest Euro 6D Temp emissions regulations, which come into force for light commercial vehicles in September 2019.

What’s different about the 2019 Nissan Connect media system?

Fitted as standard from the N-Connecta grade, the new Nissan Connect infotainment system features an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay for the first time.

2019 Nissan Navara - new Nissan Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and increased smartphone integration

What’s more, it has substantially increased smartphone integration, which means you’ll be able to remotely lock and unlock the Navara, check fuel and fluid levels, pin-point its location and pre-set sat-nav routes all using your phone.

How much is the 2019 Nissan Navara, and when does it go sale?

Updated Nissan Navara pricing starts at £21,850 basic (excluding VAT) for the four-wheel drive King Cab in Visia specification with the new 163hp twin-turbo engine, new six-speed manual gearbox and new multi-link rear suspension.

That’s an increase of £1,350 compared with the previous version with the old specification – not a bad deal for the improvements, we reckon.

At the top of the range, a new Navara N-Guard Double Cab with seven-speed automatic transmission will set you back £31,125 basic, a £950 increase.

All new versions go on sale 1 July 2019.

Look out for our first review of the revised 2019 Navara very soon.

Also read:

>> Nissan Navara full review

>> The Parkers pickup group test – every double cab compared

>> New pickups coming soon – and recent launch round up