Not a whole lot to show for, but the Navara is a preview of what to expect from the upcoming Frontier in the U.S.

Nissan has launched the 2021 Navara pickup truck in Europe and South America. It is called the Frontier in the latter, but we’ll stick to calling it Navara to reduce the confusion.

It looks fresh on the outside with noticeable changes, some tweaks inside the cabin, and a few under the skin as well. The highlight of this update is the introduction of the PRO-4X package. Unlike the U.S.-spec Frontier’s PRO-4X, which is an off-road package, the one on the European Navara is just a styling kit. Will Mercedes come back and try to build another truck based on this refreshed model?

What’s New This Time Around?

2021 Nissan Navara Exterior
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Up front, the facelifted Navara comes with updated LED headlights and C-shaped daytime running lights. Navara/Frontier lettering is embossed on the grille. On the other sides, there’s nothing much to write home about. The biggest inclusion, however, is that of the PRO-4X package. It is a styling package on the Navara, and comes with a black emblem, orange-accented front bumper, black grille, door handles, roof racks, running boards, and 17-inch black wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.

The company’s senior design director for pickups and frame SUVs, Ken Lee, said, “The new Navara has a very recognizable look, but it’s now more imposing thanks to its high command structure, new interlocking frame grille, and new high-tech, squared C-shaped headlamps.”

2021 Nissan Navara Interior
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Nissan has introduced some safety systems on this model. There’s an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which monitors the second vehicle ahead as well as the vehicle directly in front to reduce the risk of multi-car accidents, the Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras to help with parking, especially with a trailer hitched to the truck. An off-road monitor too makes its debut, which checks surrounding obstacles at low speeds when in four-wheel-drive mode.

“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,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer. “For our customers it means confidence, driving pleasure, practicality, and pride of ownership.”

2021 Nissan Navara Drivetrain
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Under the hood, it retains the same pair of engines, but the rear axle is strengthened and the payload capacity is increased too. Nissan hasn’t provided the numbers, though. There will be a new integrated step in the rear bumper, too. Finally, a new steering rack has been adopted to make the handling even better.

As for the engines, Nissan offers the Navara with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder diesel mill in two –different states of tune. One makes 158 horses and 297 pound-feet of torque, whereas the other one churns out 187 ponies and 332 pound-feet of torque.

Final Thoughts

2021 Nissan Navara Exterior
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The 2021 Nissan Navara looks quite fresh and the addition of the new PRO-4X package will attract a lot of buyers. Although it is just a styling package when compared to off-road kit sold in the U.S., it still adds to the pizzazz off the truck. Nissan hasn’t announced the pricing yet, but did say that the truck will go on sale in Thailand first – in December this year – followed by the other markets.

The Navara is related to the Frontier sold in North America; so this could be a preview of what to expect from the new Frontier. Nissan has been selling the same Frontier in the U.S. since its inception. The next-gen is expected to have a starting price of around $26,000, which is over $7,000 more than the price of the current Frontier. Hopefully, Nissan will reveal more details about it soon.

What’s your take on the 2021 Nissan Navara? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Nissan today unveiled the new Nissan Navara pickup*, that delivers an enhanced level of safety, comfort and driving pleasure, while continuing to bring durability, reliability and versatility.

The pickup, known as the Nissan Frontier in Mexico and South America, marks another milestone in the company’s Nissan NEXT transformation plan.

Over the many decades since the first Nissan pickup hit the road, the Nissan Navara has continued to accompany and empower customers in many facets of their lives.

Building on more than 80 years of Nissan pickup heritage, it stays true to the company’s belief in bringing advanced technologies to as many customers as possible.

A reliable partner for work or travel, the new Nissan Navara comes with many best-in-class technologies, including an array of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features and safety systems, making it the most advanced Navara yet.

“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,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer. “For our customers it means confidence, driving pleasure, practicality and pride of ownership.”

Among the Nissan Intelligent Mobility features that will be available across the global Navara and Frontier lineup is Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which monitors the second vehicle ahead as well as the vehicle directly in front to reduce the risk of multi-car accidents. Intelligent Emergency Braking activates the brakes to avoid collisions, reducing the stress of driving in traffic or on busy streets.

Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras to help drivers notice people and cars surrounding and approaching the vehicle, making it easier to parallel park or to position the vehicle when hitching to a trailer. New to the system is an off-road monitor, which checks surrounding obstacles at low speeds when in four-wheel drive mode.

The new model features* a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity, additional truck bed volume and a new integrated step in the rear bumper for easier access to the truck bed. A new steering rack has been adopted to enhance maneuverability at low speeds and steering response across the speed range.

It offers a quiet and comfortable ride thanks to significant decrease of vibration and improved noise isolation.

These new features make the vehicle the ultimate travel and worksite partner, prepared to take on new challenges while still offering optimal room, comfort, safety and ease of work.

The new model features an “unbreakable” design language. It introduces a new ruggedly bold, stylish exterior made for extreme elements.

“The new Navara has a very recognizable look, but it’s now more imposing thanks to its high command structure, new interlocking frame grille and new high-tech, squared C-shaped headlamps,” said Ken Lee, Nissan’s senior design director for pickups and frame SUVs.

For the first time for the Navara and Frontier, Nissan will offer the PRO-4X grade, a style package aimed at adventure lovers and travelers craving an escape from their daily routine. The PRO-4X grade comes with its own athletic look, with a black emblem, orange-accented front bumper, black grille, door handles, roof racks and running boards accented by 17-inch black wheels and all-terrain tires.

The new pickup goes on sale in December in Thailand, with other markets to follow later.

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