The 2021 Nissan Navara has just been unveiled after a brief teaser campaign. It brings with it a host of important upgrades over the outgoing model and brings with it a new flagship variant that will be sold in markets around the world.
The new Navara, also badged as the Frontier in Mexico and South America (unrelated to the U.S. Frontier), is immediately distinguishable from the outgoing model thanks to the revised front and rear fascias.
At the front, for example, the updated Navara received a revised grille and a pair of new bi-LED headlights that add to its menacing stance on the road. All of the parts ahead of the windshield are new. There are also new taillights and parts including the tailgate and wheel arch flares have also been updated.
One of the most significant changes brought by the facelift is a swanky PRO-4X version. While the US-spec Frontier PRO-4X is geared towards off-roading, the European / South American trim is essentially a styling package. 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 maneuverability has been improved courtesy of a newly developed steering rack, which also pays dividends in terms of steering response.
Beyond its new looks, the 2021 Navara includes a host of standard Nissan Intelligent Mobility features including Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Around View Monitor that uses four cameras to make positioning the pickup easier, particularly when parking or towing. This system also includes an off-road monitor that checks for nearby obstacles at low speeds when 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.
Various interior updates have been made, including the fitment of a new steering wheel and an updated infotainment system display.
No powertrain upgrades have been made. As such, the 2021 Navara comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel expected to produce the same 188 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) as the outgoing model. This engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto.