Next Navara is Proudly South African!
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06 November 2020
Built in Pretoria for sub-Saharan Africa
Nissan’s new Navara has been introduced to the world, and brings the company’s popular bakkie bang up-to-date in terms of the styling and interior.
With a bold, slightly aggressive new face, the Navara now features C-shaped LED headlamps and “interlock” grille with the model name embossed on the top. The name appears again on the tailgate, which is flanked by LED tail lamps with chrome detailing. Topping the range will be the new PRO-4X grade, with a black Nissan emblem, a black front bumper and black grille, door handles, roof racks and running boards. 17-inch black wheels and orange-red accents complete the look.
Nissan has focused on the Navara’s interior comfort - starting with improved quietness, which has been achieved through the use of increased amounts of sound insulation, combined with a laminated windshield and front windows. The layout is now more driver-focused, with an 8-inch screen for the infotainment system, and a 7-inch higher resolution TFT screen for the driver. Rear passenger comfort has also been improved with updated seat cushions and seatbacks.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility makes an appearance in the new Navara, adding an extra layer of comfort and safety. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert are part of the setup, as is Intelligent Lane Intervention, which automatically keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane. The Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras around the vehicle to help increase drivers’ awareness of their surroundings, assisting with manoeuvres like parallel parking.
Powertrain options for the new Navara will be carried over from the current model, so will include the 2,3 4-cylinder turbo diesel, with 140kW / 450 Nm.
Its utility has been improved on, with a strengthened rear axle and an integrated step in the new rear bumper for easier access to the load bay. The payload has also been increased, and the Navara is now able to carry a full 1.2-tons.
Off-road functionality has also improved. An Active Brake Limited Slip Differential system (ABLS) manages power delivery and wheel braking across front and rear axles and the left- and right-hand side of the vehicle. According to Nissan, the system helps deliver more confidence and security when towing or driving through difficult terrain. The Trailer Sway Control system helps maintain stability when towing, and an off-road monitor uses the car’s camera system at low speeds in four-wheel drive to help identify obstacles on tough terrain.
Nissan has invested R3bn in its plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, in the run up to production of the new Navara, which will begin in 2021.