2018 Nissan Navara Black Edition Road Test, Review

Navara is Nissan’s LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) offering.

Nissan’s first ute came out in 1935 and was a tiny 3.3m long with a puny 11kw 760cc engine. It carried a mere 500kg. it carried just two people, and had a 0-100 time of 3 calendar pages.

Let that sink in as you read on.

The range has 2 or 4-wheel drive, and 3 body styles. A cab chassis that can have an aluminium tray fitted, a king cab, and a full 5-seater dual cab. There is a choice of manual available and automatic transmissions too, depending on the model you want. There are 35 variations in all.

The most popular variant is the dual-cab 4X4 Automatic ST. Every now and then, Nissan bungs on a few extra bits and calls it a “special edition”. The Black Edition is one such model, which is based on the ST 4X4 dual cab. In other words, extra stuff at no cost.

Nissan Navara ST Black Edition

Exterior

The ST is already fairly well equipped, but the Black Edition gets a nice set of 18” wheels, a black nudge bar, and a light bar mounted centre front. A black sports bar fitted behind the cabin adds a touch of mean-ness.

There are decals too, also in black, which match the mud guards and grille. In fact, all of the editions are black regardless of the body colour you choose.

The additions amount to 10 grands’ worth for no extra shekels.

Nissan Navara ST Black Edition

They make a big difference to the look of what is already a large impressive vehicle. The changes are mainly decorative, but they look the business.

The rest is pure ST and includes side steps, body coloured front bumper, LED headlights, and useful things like a towing pack at the front.

Dual cab pick-ups have doors front and back. Rear passengers can get in and out as easily as if they were in mum’s taxi.