Now in its third generation, the Nissan Navara has once again gone under the knife for some chiselling, and although Nissan South Africa hasn’t made a lot of noise about it with a formal media launch, we have all the details of their new pickup for you minus the driving impression, which we’ll get in due course when the bakkie is added to the media fleet for us to drive.
First off, let’s talk about what the Japanese have done with the Navara’s design here, it still resembles the old car in its overall shape and structure. The most significant design change is the front end, now donning a new grille and headlamp design. If you look closely at Nissan’s products, you’ll notice that the changes they make to their vehicles are not extensive and the product still looks more or less the same as the one it replaces. Take the new Patrol for instance, or the esteemed Godzilla (GT-R). Both vehicles bear a lot of resemblance to their previous generations. Added to the new Navara is a different set of alloys and a bigger load bin with a larger payload by 100kg. The rear has been tweaked slightly and now features what Nissan refers to as an easy-lift tailgate.
The Japs have taken things one step further this time around with an upgrade to the Navara’s engine. Previously, the pickup was powered by a 2.3-litre turbo diesel engine, delivering 140 kW and 450 Nm across the entire range. In the 2021 Navara, Nissan has bumped the diesel powertrain’s displacement up to 2.5-litres. There are a total of 17 variants available, all making use of this new engine, which interestingly produces the same output as the old one.
The new Nissan Navara will be available in both 2WD as well as 4WD in the double and single cab. What’s more, is that you’ll also have the option of a manual and automatic transmission. Nissan says that their 5-link coil suspension has been revised, and the chassis now has new mountings for less vibration. These changes should translate to a more comfortable ride.
Inside, the Navara makes use of an 8-inch touch screen for media and related functions. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. The engineers have added a touch of Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) here, it includes safety features such as Trailer Sway Control and yaw-rate monitoring, making towing easier and safer.
2021 Nissan Navara Price
NAVARA 2WD – SINGLE CAB R331 000
NAVARA 2WD – DOUBLE CAB R474 000
NAVARA 4WD – DOUBLE CAB R552 000
NAVARA 4WD – SINGLE CAB R492 000
*Available from June 2021