Important changes under the metal have improved the ride, handling and steering of the 2018 Nissan Navara, but a range of tech and safety enhancements will maintain the tough Ute’s position as one of the best in its class.

The updated 2018 Nissan Navara offers a list of new and grade expanded features that will make it safer, easier to drive and park, and more enjoyable to own.

For the first time on a Navara, an Around View® Monitor has been fitted within the 7-inch infotainment system on top-of-the-range ST-X Dual Cab and King Cab grades.

Four mounted cameras help drivers notice people and cars surrounding and approaching the vehicle, improving safety. It also makes parking easier, recognising cars and marked lines so that drivers can position the vehicle in its bay.

Supporting this technology is the Rear View Camera, which is now offered as standard equipment on even more variants in the Navara range. A highly sought after safety feature for Ute buyers, the Rear View Camera is now standard on all 27 pickup models. The Rear View Camera is fitted within the infotainment screen on SL, ST and ST-X Pickup grades, and within the rear view mirror on RX pickup variants.

Helping Ute owners keep a more accurate eye on their speed, post June production Navara SL, ST and ST-X models will feature a digital speedometer housed within the instrument cluster.

At the same time, additional (and the re-positioning of) tie-down hook points will make it even easier to pack equipment in the rear of the Navara. On RX, SL and ST Pickup grades, tie down hook positions have been lowered, while on ST-X grades with Utili-track, there are four additional tie down hooks located lower within the tub.

In addition, two ISOFix child seat mounting points have been added to the outer rear seats on all Dual Cab grades, and satellite navigation has been fitted as standard equipment on the King Cab ST grade, aligning with its Dual Cab sibling.

Boasting a stylish cloth trim across the entire Navara range, all Dual Cab ST-X models, and the King Cab ST-X 7-speed automatic, come with a stylish leather seat option – that includes leather-accented heated seats, leather-accented door trim and an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support.

With a range of engines available, the most popular is the 2.3 litre inter-cooled twin-turbo diesel which boasts 140kW of power at 3,750rpm and 450Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500rpm. Variants are mated with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission, the latter of which has a manual mode.