Nissan South Africa has expanded its Navara double-cab bakkie range from three derivatives to seven, thanks to the long-awaited addition of 4x2 variants to the local line-up.

When the latest Navara debuted in South Africa almost a year ago (in March 2017), the range comprised just three 4x4 models. But now the local arm of the Japanese automaker has finally added cheaper rear-wheel-drive options to the mix.

As with the 4x4 models, the new 4x2 variants employ Nissan’s twin-turbo 2,3-litre diesel unit, which makes 140 kW and 450 N.m (the latter from 1 500 to 2 500 r/min), as well as a multi-link rear suspension set-up.

The range’s entry point thus falls to R457 900 for the manual 4x2 double-cab in SE trim (this rear-wheel-drive configuration is also offered with a seven-speed automatic transmission as well as in posher LE guise). The automatic 4x4 double-cab in LE specification still tops the line-up at R594 900.

The new models all boast seven airbags as standard, a load capacity of more than one tonne, a six-year/150 000 km warranty and a three-year/90 000 km service plan. Leather trim can be added to LE-spec models for an additional R13 000 (or R11 000 in the case of the flagship 4x4 auto).

Nissan Navara 2,3 4x2 SE DC: R457 900
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x2 SE DC auto: R471 900
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x2 LE DC: R519 900
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x2 LE DC auto: R538 900
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x4 SE DC: R523 900
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x4 LE DC: R573 500
Nissan Navara 2,3 4x4 LE DC auto: R594 900