One of the most notable segments in the local automotive market that is getting more and more competitive is the pickup truck segment. There have been numerous facelifts and updates done just this year.
As such, Nissan has re-joined the midsize pickup truck battle royale as it launched the facelifted 2021 Navara. Aside from the new Navara, the Japanese automaker has also introduced a new variant called Pro-4X.
The 2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X
Nissan said that the new Navara is designed to deliver an “enhanced level of safety, comfort and driving pleasure, while continuing to bring durability, reliability and versatility.” With that in mind, the 2021 Navara comes with updated driver-assist technologies such as the Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at what the 2021 Nissan Navara might offer in the local market and how it might set itself apart from its competition.
2021 Nissan Navara: Exterior
The facelifted 2021 Nissan Navara features a bolder and more composed stance. The first thing that you’ll notice with the new Navara is its new large grille, which sort of resembles the one fitted on the Nissan Titan.
The 2021 Nissan Navara
The new Navara also comes with a new headlight design that looks sleeker and sharper as compared to the outgoing model. The daytime running lights add flair and style to the 2021 Navara’s front end while the front bumper now has a more angular and muscular look.
Rear of the 2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X
Turning at the side, it looks similar to the old model but it now comes with a refreshed alloy wheels. Towards the rear, you’ll see that the 2021 Navara is equipped with a new taillight cluster that has a C-shaped accent. Moreover, the tailgate of the 2021 Navara is given a new look.
On the other hand, Nissan is also offering a new Navara variant dubbed as Pro-4X. It aims to tap individuals who love to go for outdoor adventures.
2021 Nissan Navara: Interior
Inside, the 2021 Nissan Navara still looks the same as compared to its predecessor. It still comes with the same interior layout as seen on its dashboard.
Interior of the 2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X
However, the new Navara comes with a sportier feel with the addition of a three-spoke steering wheel. Aside from that, the cabin stays the same and it can still accommodate up to five passengers.
2021 Nissan Navara: On-board tech and safety features
The 2021 Navara is equipped with an updated Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The said tech now comes with additional features such as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X
In addition, the standard Intelligent Around View Monitor now has an off-road monitor, that scans the surroundings for obstacles when the vehicle is crawling in four-wheel-drive mode.
Drivers take command of a bigger 7-inch multi-information display on the instrument cluster, with an upgraded menu of onboard settings. Increased soundproofing complements the laminated front windows and windshield, the better for occupants to appreciate the sounds coming from the 8-inch infotainment system.
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2021 Nissan Navara: Engine and performance
Nissan has yet to announce the powertrain details of the new Navara. During its global debut, the Japanese automaker didn’t mention anything new about the Navara’s engine.
The current Navara uses a 2.5L turbodiesel engine with two states of tune: 161 hp and 403 Nm of torque on the base and mid-range variants, while the top-spec trim benefits from 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. On the other hand, select markets get a 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel.
The 2021 Nissan Navara is scheduled to go on sale in December in Thailand, with other markets to follow later. As such, we’ll know more details about the new Navara such as the powertrain options as it nears its Thai debut.
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2021 Nissan Navara: Final thoughts
The facelifted 2021 Nissan Navara looks tougher, bolder, and ready to challenge its segment rivals. With its revamped front fascia, the Navara looks sleek yet aggressive. The headlights and the large grille complement each other.
2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X
With that in mind, Nissan Philippines could bring in the new Navara before the year ends, depending on the launch date in Thailand. Or Nissan Philippines could launch the 2021 Navara in early 2021. With that, expect the local midsize pickup segment to be a battle royale as Isuzu Philippines also plans to introduce the new D-Max next year.
2021 Nissan Navara: Expected Price
The 2021 Nissan Navara is one of the most affordable pickup trucks available in the market. With this, we think that it is safe to assume that its price is one of its selling points.
Despite the updates, one can expect the Nissan Philippines will not significantly increase the price of the Navara to keep it in the competition. Plus, there is a rumor that the 2021 Nissan Navara will be manufactured locally in Mitsubishi’s factory but we think it is unlikely to happen.
If the next-generation Navara will somehow be manufactured locally, then we can expect it to have a slight dip in terms of the price range. As for the current 2020 model, the base model is priced at Php 929,000, while the top-spec variant is priced at Php 1,635,000.
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