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Nissan Navara gets crucial cabin-tech overhaul for 2019

Nissan's Navara has just been updated, with the Japanese brand focusing on a much-needed tech update in the cabin of its popular workhorse.

Chief among the changes is the long-awaited inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Navara's SL, ST and ST-X trim levels have all received a new multimedia interface - which the brand calls its Alliance In-Vehicle Infotainment (AIVI) system - which is fed through an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen that Nissan promises is easier to use courtesy of a new menu interface.

But most importantly, it offers true smartphone mirroring, so you can display your phone's key functions (making and receiving calls, using maps, listening to Podcasts or Spotify) on the multimedia screen in the cabin.

It's also the biggest screen we've seen in a Navara to date, replacing the 5.0-inch number in the SL and the 7.0 inch unit in ST and ST-X models. It means the cheaper cars can make use of your mobile's map programs, while the ST and ST-X cars get a bespoke TomTom GPS system.

“Nissan is pleased to introduce Apply CarPlay and Android Auto to Navara,” says Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester.

“We took the opportunity to introduce this technology with our updated infotainment system – one that not only looks great but is modern, simple and intuitive to connect to and use.”

Elswhere, the update is best described as a minor nip and tuck, with the headlamp bezel colour changed from silver to black on the SL, ST and ST-X trims, and black side steps added to the ST grade.

There's been no changes under the bonnet, where the brand's twin-turbo, 2.3-litre diesel engine, good for 140kW and 450Nm, still provides the oomph.

The news follows the unveiling last week of the Nissan Navara N-TREK, which will sit above the existing range, and arrives wearing a $56,450 (manual) or $58,950 (auto) price tag. That car also gets the 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Navara ST range stretches from $40,800 to $49,950, while the SL climbs from $44,600 to $47100. Finally, the ST-X will set you back between $45,650 and $55,250

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