Nissan has provided details of the upgraded Navara that’s coming to Australia in early 2021.

The biggest news is the introduction of the Navara PRO-4X, a sporty looking pickup with a distinctive, athletic look with an emphasis on Black which is very much the colour of the moment. It has a black Nissan emblem, a black front bumper and black grille, door handles, roof racks and running boards.

Navara PRO-4X has red accents, a tint inspired by the colour of molten magma, that contrasts nicely with the dark grille, wheels, and mirror caps. New Navara has quieter and more comfortable interior.

The new Nissan Navara will be available in eight exterior colours, with two new colours (Forged Copper and Stealth Grey, developed for the PRO-4X grade) with cloth or leather interior options available.
An increased payload capacity means the Navara one-ton pickup now delivering payload capacity up to 1.2 tonnes. It has a 3,500kg braked towing capability.

The Navara’s has what Nissan describes as the new “interlock” grille. It’s thicker and vertical in shape.
The model name is embossed on top of the front grille and across the full width of the rear tailgate. The font of the model name has been redesigned to create a stronger look.

High-tech C-shaped LED projector headlamps, increasing brightness. At the back are seamless LED taillights.

Inside are increased amounts of sound deadening insulation. A redesigned steering wheel and improved styling of the instrument panel are more car like. There’s an 8-inch navigation screen and a 7-inch higher resolution TFT screen.
The rear seats have upgrades to the seat cushions and back shapes. The rear armrest has built-in cup holders.
Safety systems include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which monitors two vehicles ahead as well as the vehicle directly in front that’s clever.

Intelligent Driver Alertness prompts drivers to take breaks through visual and gives audible alerts when changes in driving style or steering behaviour are detected. Lane Departure Warning warns drivers if they stray outside their lane without and Intelligent Lane Intervention works to bring the vehicle back to the centre of the lane if the movement continues.

Blind Spot Warning to help avoid running vehicles in their so-called blind spot created by door mirrors not being adjusted correctly.

 Finally, Rear Cross Traffic Alert reduces the stress that comes with limited visibility when backing out of a parking spot. The function monitors the rear of the vehicle and warning the driver if another vehicle or object is approaching from either side.
The pickup is now equipped with the new Nissan Connect infotainment system. This system seamlessly connectivity their smartphone to the pickup. Bluetooth streaming audio, voice recognition, and satellite navigation. 
The DNA of the Nissan Navara remains with carried-over powertrain options coupled with specially tuned suspension and new pickup features that add usability and versatility.
Nissan’s engineers worked hard to increase it, delivering an improved payload of up to 1.2 tonnes dependent on grade.
When in four-wheel drive mode, the Navara activates its Active Brake Limited Slip Differential system (ABLS), which manages power delivery and wheel braking between the front and rear axles and between the left and right of the vehicle, depending on traction and speed.
Working with the Vehicle Dynamic Control system (VDC) and ABS brakes, this system enables drivers to be more confident and feel secure when towing large payloads and driving through muddy terrain with less acceleration and brake operation.
The new Trailer Sway Control system helps the vehicle to maintain stability on the road when towing a trailer.

Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer, says, “We packaged the new model with a full set of advanced technologies to ensure enhanced dynamic performance on- and off-road, as well as safety and comfort ushering in a new age of toughness, tech, and peace of mind”.

Final Australian specifications and pricing will be announced later and we will bring that information to you as soon as we receive it.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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