The three model variants making up the new line-up are badged LE (top), SE (mid), and XE (entry) respectively, and are still available in diesel and petrol models. The King Cab XE is available only as a turbodiesel, but in either 4×2 or 4×4. The drivetrain is the same potent unit found under the hood of the double-cab diesel Navara, a 2,5-litre turbodiesel engine developing 106 kW and 356 Nm as a 4×2, boosted to 128 kW and 403 Nm in 4×4 form.
That XE badge may denote entry-level status, but it is still a very well-equipped vehicle. Electrically-operated windows and mirrors, for instance, as well as a front-loading CD player, air-conditioning, and remote central locking are all standard fare.
Inside are where the real practical strengths of this model come into their own. The generous load space at the back of the extended cabin is easily accessible, even for awkward objects, thanks to rearwards-opening doors on both sides of the cabin. There’s almost enough room for a second row of seating, although it has been designed purely for cargo-carrying purposes. This additional cargo space adds significantly to the overall haulage potential of this dual-role machine thanks to the inherent cabin-height advantage which the Navara design delivers.
Prices for the Nissan Navara King Cab are R279 900 for the 4×2, and R320 900 for the 4×4.