The new SA-bound Nissan Navara was unveiled globally early in November and has been confirmed to be launched in South Africa! We have already seen a huge initial interest and we are very excited about the new Navara to come to market, early in 2021. Nissan Motor Corporation will only be releasing specification details closer to the launch. We’ve gathered as many details as we could and this is what we know:
THE Bakkie To Take On The Competition
Nissan said the 2021 Navara is set to strengthen their LCV range, which has an impressive 80-year history, and compete fiercely in the 1-ton market. The Navara will build on the solid base of the Nissan NP300 and NP200 bakkies and has been designed, based on market research, to be a very sophisticated, technologically advanced vehicle to confidently take on South African market leaders, like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. This Navara will be the third LCV to be built at Nissan SA’s local manufacturing plant, with it’s R3-billion investment.
Why Nissan Is So Excited About The 2021 Nissan Navara
Pick up, or like we prefer to call them – bakkies, are true-Nissan. It’s in Nissan’s DNA. Nissan shared that the Navara is the embodiment of Nissan’s passion and desire to help overcome challenges and explore places only few can reach while maintaining the fundamental ask of their customers for versatility, quality and durability.
The new Navara has a rugged and bold design – as the Navara is known to have. Nissan strived to deliver more technology, safety, comfort and style with the 2021 Navara. The new model is said to be stacked with a full set of advanced technologies to ensure advanced dynamic performance – on and off-road. Nissan has included safety and comfort features to offer toughness, technology and peace of mind.
Nissan has tried to bring as much of their technological advancements to customers by making them available across a broad range of vehicles, including the upcoming Navara. The new Navara will be a high-end vehicle that caters to a variety of needs and diverse preferences.
What’s New For The New Navara?
The 2021 Navara will be the most advanced one, yet. Nissan has added several Nissan Intelligent Mobility and contemporary technologies to offer improved safety, responsiveness and confident sturdiness. Nissan has also expanded some of the Navara’s features – such as advanced driving acceleration and practicality for even more driving pleasure. Furthermore, Nissan has given the Navara a more energetic appearance and added several options to choose from – so you can proudly drive the Navara to suit your style and needs, without sacrificing functionality.
Nissan believes the Navara has always been a reliable partner in supporting their customers in many facets of their lives. The Navara maintains the toughness which enables it to carry heavy loads and get through extreme terrains. In fact, Nissan has made the Navara even tougher and more practical by strengthening the rear axle, increasing the payload capacity and adding a new rear bumper with a step, for easier access to the truck bed. Moreover, Nissan says the Navara will be an even bigger pleasure to drive – thanks to enhanced manoeuvrability at low speeds and steering response across the speed range, through the adoption of a new steering rack – which makes for a nimble and agile bakkie.
Inside the new Navara, Nissan strived to make customers’ lives easier. The Navara now features noise isolation and acoustic laminated glass – offering a quieter and more comfortable ride, along with touches of superb comfort and technology. The new technology has been added to offer a safer, more dynamic and more comfortable driving experience. These ‘new technologies’ include:
- Intelligent Forward Collision Warning monitors two vehicles ahead, including the vehicle directly ahead, to reduce the risk of multi-car accidents.
- Intelligent Emergency Braking designed to brake to avoid collisions and reduces the stress of driving in heavy traffic or busy streets
- Intelligent Around View Monitoring helps the driver see people and obstacles around the vehicle and makes it easier to manoeuvre when parking, warns for obstacles and allows for easier trailer-hitching
- First-time Offroad Monitor checks for obstacles around the vehicle when driving at low speeds in 4WD.
The 2021 Navara also has a NissanConnect system, which enables the use of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan said this will be the most advanced Navara yet – offering more convenience, more peace of mind, more enjoyment.
The new Nissan bakkie features high-tech C-shaped quad-LED projector headlamps – a segment-first. These will increase brightness and consequently enhance safety in low-light or dark driving conditions – not to mention the sophisticated look it adds to the rugged design.
What Can Be Expected In Terms Of Engines And Derivatives
The new Navara will have a new engine and two derivatives. The Double Cab range will be expanded and a Single Cab derivative will be introduced. A King Cab derivative is unlikely, as the DC and SC variants are Nissan’s core focusses for this model, in South Africa.
The DC derivative will include an entry-level model, available with manual or automatic transmission, a mid-range model with new Nissan Intelligent Technology and additional safety technology, and a top-end model – referred to as the ‘halo model’ – which is the LE model with Pro-4X, added external features and a few touches of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.
Nissan’s Plans And How The Navara Fits In
The new country director for Nissan South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa, Kabelo Rabotho expressed excitement and gratitude when he said: “For the first time in history, the full model line-up of the Navara will be produced on home soil, made in Africa for Africans.”
The 2021 Nissan Navara will be the third model, out of seven, to be launched as part of Nissan’s 2-year plan. Nissan said the Navara will be an icon in their strategy moving forward and serve a vital role in leveraging business. The production of the new Navara will start in February/ March 2021, in South Africa – at the Rosslyn plant in Pretoria – and should hit our dealership floors around May 2021! Many customers have already shown massive interest in being among the first to own the 2021 Nissan Navara – we highly recommend adding your name to our waiting list and staying informed by following our blog.