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Nissan Navara gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Australia at last


IyThe incoming Navara N-TREK will be the first of the Japanese brand's utes to receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Australia, with an update in Europe suggesting there could be more to come. 

As revealed yesterday on CarsGuide, the range-topping N-TREK will sit above the existing Navara family, and will wear a $56,450 (manual) or $58,950 (auto) price tag (above the current top-spec model, the $55,250 ST-X).

And the biggest story was in the cabin, where a revised multimedia system will welcome Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, which, in the N-TREK, partners with a six-speaker stereo.

The changes mirror those made to a updated Navara just revealed in Europe, where a significant facelift has seen the Japanese brand’s ute fitted with a new 8.0-inch screen with true smartphone mirroring capability for the first time. 

European cars also benefit from new suspension, more carrying capability and more cabin technology, though it's unclear as to when (or if, for that matter) those changes will make it to Australia. 

In Europe, the new Navara makes use of the same twin-turbocharged 2.3-litre diesel engine used in Australia, producing up to 140kW and a formidable 450Nm, and it too arrives with the option of a slick seven-speed automatic. New, though, is a revised six-speed manual transmission which Nissan promises is smoother and more efficient than the gearbox it replaces.

Nissan says it’s the first time the six-speed manual has been used anywhere in the world, and has been designed with a shorter gear lever and new cable operation designed to make shifts smoother, and to produce less vibration. The gear ratios have also been shifted to improve fuel economy. The automatic has also been updated, with unspecified improvements to “refinement and responsiveness”.

There’s revised suspension front and rear, too, unlocking increased payload, and the front and rear disc brakes are standard across the range to help pull Nissan’s workhorse to a stop.

It is as yet unclear as to what changes will appear on the updated Navara in Australia, which is due to be detailed in the coming weeks. For now, though, watch this space.

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