Nissan has just unveiled the 2021 Nissan Navara, which gets a mid-cycle facelift for this model year. The new Navara gains a number of aesthetic and chassis upgrades, along with a new, more aggressive PRO-4X variant that aims to compete with the likes of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Toyota Hilux Conquest.
Upfront, the new 2021 Nissan Navara features a larger interpretation of the brand’s signature V-Motion grille. This is then flanked by quad-LED headlights on higher variants. There’s also a new, more aggressive front bumper and a new set of LED taillights, which now makes the Navara’s design more in line with the rest of the brand’s pickup lineup. New for 2021 is the aforementioned PRO-4X variant, which gets a black grille, black wheel arch extensions, black mirrors, and black badges.
Nissan has also updated the interior of the Navara, though the changes are quite minor. These changes include a new steering wheel and a larger multi-information display at the gauge cluster. Nissan has also added a number of noise isolation measures, including new acoustic laminated glass. The Nissan Connect infotainment system also receives a number of improvements, such as a more responsive touch experience The 8-inch touch screen also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Nissan has not talked about the Navara’s powertrain, so we suspect it remains unchanged for 2021. For the Philippine market, the Navara features a 2.5-liter inline-4t turbo diesel engine in two states of tune. The lower variants produce 160 hp and 403 Nm of torque while the higher variants produce 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic.
A number of improvements have also been made in the chassis of the Navara. The new model features a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity, additional truck bed volume, and a new integrated step in the rear bumper for easier access to the truck bed. A new steering rack has been adopted to enhance maneuverability at low speeds and steering response across the speed range.
The 2021 Nissan Navara can be equipped with a number of Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver-assist features, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera system. However, we find it surprising for Nissan not to equip the Navara with features such as radar-guided adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, just to name a few.
The 2021 Nissan Navara will soon go on sale in a few markets around the world in Q1 2021.