It says something about the fundamentals of the Navara's ladder-frame chassis and body architecture when Mercedes Benz chooses it as the basis of its first 4x4 dual cab ute - the X-Class. It also underpins Renault's Alaskan dual cab, and with the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi technical alliance, could well serve a similar role under the next Triton.
The Navara rides on a 3150mm wheelbase, which is 70mm shorter than the 'big foot' Ford Ranger, and 65mm longer than the Hilux, with an overall length of 5255mm and 12.4 metre turning circle.
There's double-wishbone/coil spring front suspension and a five-link live rear axle which, like the new Merc, opts for more car-like coils rather than leaf springs. Even so, it adheres to its truck heritage by sticking with rear drum brakes.
Off-road credentials include an excellent lateral tilt angle of up to 50 degrees plus a 32.4 degrees approach angle, 26.7 degrees departure angle and 23.8 degrees ramp-over angle. Wading depth is a competitive 700mm along with its 228mm of ground clearance.
There's a pleasant whiff of leather each time you open the doors, which reveal big grab handles on the A- and B-pillars for easy cabin entry.
Driver and front passenger comfort is pretty good overall and rear passengers at least get adequate head room and well-placed arm rests. On longer trips, though, taller adults may find the rear seat cushion height too low, as the resulting high knee position tends to concentrate more upper body weight on the lower spine. There's seating for three adults, but realistically, only for short journeys.