Nissan has earlier today released an early peek at its new Navara bakkie which it plans to officially introduce to the local market in the new year: the Navara.
One of the most significant changes brought by the facelift is a swanky PRO-4X version. It does bring off-road tires, but the rest of the changes are purely cosmetical, namely blacked-out accents and some orange touches here and there.
There are some changes underneath the skin as Nissan has beefed up the rear axle and increased the truck’s payload capacity. Not only that, but the Navara has a greater bed volume than before as well as a new step built into the rear bumper to easily access the bed. Low-speed manoeuvrability has been improved courtesy of a newly developed steering rack, which also pays dividends in terms of steering response.
According to Nissan, the 2021 Navara boast an extended array of safety features, including forward collision warning, emergency braking, and rain-sensing wipers. The new around view monitor makes use of four cameras to see the truck’s surroundings, plus an off-road monitor suitable at low speeds in four-wheel drive mode.
While the interior looks quite familiar, the silver lining is an updated 8-inch infotainment system and a 7-inch digital driver’s display with a higher resolution. There’s a new steering wheel and updated instrument panel styling while in the back the seats have updated seat cushions and backrests for greater passenger comfort. In addition, Nissan has added more soundproofing corroborated with laminated front windows and windshield.
Initial production of the new Nissan Navara will start in Thailand and Frontier in Mexico. Production of the new Navara will later start in the Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, South Africa for launch in both South Africa and Sub Sahara Africa.