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Monday, November 9, 2009

Manual Transmision Nissan Navara Adds To Line-up In Malaysia

The Nissan Navara was given the moniker "The Mother Trucker" when it first arrived in Malaysia because it is bigger than the other trucks available here. The version that made it to our shore is the top of the line Navara that is imported from Thailand. That had cause the Navara to be priced above the 100k mark (RM 105,800 to be exact) and deterred budget conscious consumers. With the manual transmission now available in Malaysia, 400Nm of Torque seems to be more within reach.

Two versions of the 6-speeder is on sale. One is the basic Navara 2.5L 6M/T and another is the Navara 2.5L 6M/T SE. According to Nissan's press release, SE stands for Safety Edition.....perhaps Nissan is coaxing its customers into getting the 'pricier + safer version'. Anyway, This new “Safety Edition” also gets the necessary airbag software updates that resolves the bad crash test results in early 2008. The base 6M/T does not have the dual SRS front airbags, ABS brakes and EBD and the 6M/T SE model has.

The manual transmission Navara has the YD25DDTi 2.5 liter engine producing 174 PS and 403Nm of torque (identical to the automatic version). The Navara M/T also gets the Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD system as the 5A/T, which allows 2WD/4WD shifting using a dial at speeds of less than 100km/h.

For the smaller price tag Nissan has featured some downgrades for your stick shift Navara. The xenon headlamps are replaced by halogens, the seats are fabric, the rearview mirrors lose their auto-dimming function, the CD changer is replaced with a single-CD, and the 6 speaker system has been downgraded to 4 speakers (they probably removed the 2 tweeters).Some plastic bits in the interior which used to have a silver finish have been replaced by the same beige interior colour. On the outside, the door mirrors have their chrome finish replaced by body colour. The only thing I don't like about the Navara is the upright rear passenger seat. So far the most comfortable back seat is available on the Mitsubishi Triton.

Nissan Navara 2.5L 6M/T – RM89,800.00
Nissan Navara 2.5L 6M/T SE – RM94,800.00
Nissan Navara 2.5L 5A/T LE – RM105,800.00

Source : Nissan

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