While the full-size trucks are the best-selling vehicles in the US, the focus of the truck hungry buyers outside the States is on the smaller, mid-size models. The trucks are becoming more sophisticated and capable but the carmakers have also an eye on the electrification. The global market received recently the all-new Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max which share most of the hardware mixed with distinctive styling and in-cab design. Mitsubishi and Nissan joined also their forces and the new-generation Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton will share chassis, powertrains and tech features. The redesigned Nissan Navara will also offer conventional and electrified powertrains. However, the all-new Navara is still about two model years from the launch and to keep it relevant Nissan is bringing an updated 2021 Nissan Navara.
The upcoming Nissan Navara will go on sale with the updated front-end design and some modifications on its rear side. The truck could also come with some chassis upgrades while reports indicate that there shouldn’t be any significant powertrain change. There will be also some mixing in the equipment availability. Nissan will also increase the model’s price slightly.
Nissan is also working on the US-spec Frontier version and it comes all-new for the 2021 model year. The new Frontier won’t use Nissan’s global platform rather the upgraded F-Alpha unit from the current version. The truck comes also with the redesigned cabin and modernized exterior. The power will provide a last year introduced 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired with the 9-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Nissan Navara: Design
The 2021 Nissan Navara enters the new model year with the updated front-end design and modified rear as various sources indicate. The updated Navara might also benefit from some chassis upgrades for better steering, handling and ride.
From the visual perspective, the upcoming Navara should come with the brand’s up-to-date front-end styling. The new Navara should adopt the brand’s new design language used on the recent SUV models. The model should come with the new version V-motion grille flanked by the refreshed headlights. The new front lights will integrate 2-piece, boomerang-style LED accents.
The rear should receive modified tailgate and taillights. Nissan will also offer new color options and wheel styles.
The truck returns in various cab styles including single, Double Cab and King Cab plus chassis cab versions.
The next Nissan Navara should appear with no significant in-cab changes. The model will again provide various customization options and quality levels.
The base-level model will start with steel wheels, vinyl surfaces, USB and iPod inputs, six speakers, seven airbags, etc.
The upper trims will lift the stake with upgraded upholstery, more expressive styling and in-cab details, modern tech and safety equipment. The truck will be available with a modern NissanConnect infotainment system with 7- and 8-inch touchscreen options. There will also be leather upholstery, 360-view cameras, parking sensors, and other upgrades.
2021 Nissan Navara: Powertrains
There are no signs that the upcoming 2021 Nissan Navara would introduce some powertrain upgrades.
The model should return with the familiar turbodiesel unit available with a single and bi-turbo configuration. The fast-selling Navara comes with the base-level 2.3-liter single-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. This unit is good for 161 hp and torque of 425 Nm. A more powerful and torquier 2.3-liter bi-turbo diesel unit provides 187 hp and torque of 450 Nm. Nissan will pair these engines with a smooth 7-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-size Nissan Navara goes on sale with the two- and four-wheel drive options. The four-wheel-drive system comes with selectable drive models and low-range and electronic limited-slip rear differential. Available is also an off-road-focused N-Trek Warrior model with upgraded springs and dumpers and lifted ride height. This version gets also all-terrain tires and upgraded underbody protection.
The mid-size Nissan Navara returns with the same towing capability that stands at 3500kg. The model allows around 1000 kg of cargo in its cargo bed.
2021 Nissan Navara: Release, Price
More details about the next 2021 Nissan Navara will appear closer to its debut later in the year. The on-sale date will be in 2021. The model will reach dealers with slightly increased prices across the range. The new Navara will start from $27, 150 in Australia.