I recently spent time with the latest #Nissan #Navara. The 2021 Nissan Navara includes developments in styling, technology, safety and overall performance. The new Navara aims to please buyers looking for a capable workhorse as well as those looking for a leisure double-cab bakkie. With derivatives ranging from single-cab 4×2 to double-cab 4×4.
Seen here is the 4×4 LE model which makes use of the older 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder motor. It has been upgraded to develop 140kW and 450Nm. The reason for the older engine is due to the locally built #Navara making its way into #African markets where clean diesel is hard to come by. Nevertheless, the motor with its new electronic waste-gate develops power relatively low in the rev-range. This paired with the 7-speed automatic gearbox makes for a decent driving experience.
I also like the overall design of the updated Navara. The front grille is more eye-catching than before thanks to a large chrome-like element. The new quad-LED headlights with boomerang-like daytime running lights also add to the attractiveness of the front. The rear retains its clever tailgate spoiler but receives updated taillights.
The interior has also been given a few updates but not as much as I would have liked. There is a new steering wheel design as well as a new instrument cluster but the facia remains relatively unchanged. The 8” touch screen infotainment system now comes with NissanConnect and is #Apple CarPlay and #Android Auto compatible.
The cabin has also been made quieter with the introduction of more sound deadening materials which reduce the road noise substantially.
Nissan has also thoroughly reworked the vehicle’s underpinnings in the name of driver comfort. There’s a new chassis, with revised mountings, increased rear height, improved shock absorber damping and a new dual-rate 5-link coil suspension, which all combine to make for a smoother and more comfortable drive.
#Nissan has also added Trailer Sway Control (TSC) system, with yaw-rate-monitoring that can detect the trailer’s self-oscillation, while the Vehicle Dynamic Control system (VDC) enables it to handle the brake pressure of the trailer to reduce self-oscillation. Other safety items include Intelligent High Beam Assist which automatically switches the headlights to low beam from the high beam when it detects an oncoming vehicle. Further features warn drivers if they stray outside their lane without signalling and detect vehicles in the blind spot area when changing lanes.
The bakkie’s Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras to help drivers spot people and cars surrounding the vehicle, and is also useful for trailer hitching. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers of potential collisions when reversing too.
As for load capacity, well the Navara can now carry a larger payload which has grown by 100kg thanks to an increase in the height of the load box, it is now at 1.2 tonnes which is class-leading.
Overall the Navara impressed me with its ride quality and quiet cabin. I would have liked to see a new facia design, one that is as modern and bold as the exterior. I found the inclusion of rear ventilation a bonus as well as the various USB and USB-Type C ports in the front and rear.