The popular mid-size pickup truck is about to receive a facelift. Those are the latest reports we are getting from our reliable sources. Moreover, a couple of spy and rendering photos appeared on the internet, so there is no doubt that something is cooking in Nissan’s kitchen. Considering that the current generation has been around for about five years, the 2021 Nissan Navara seems more than ready to receive bigger updates.
While the company is still quiet about the exact changes, we have no doubt that most of them will be in terms of the styling. A couple of interior changes are expected as well, just like some new tech goodies. On the other side, we doubt that the company will include some more important mechanical updates. The engine lineup will certainly remain the same. The 2021 Nissan Navara is about to arrive by the end of the year.
2021 Nissan Navara Redesign
As we already mentioned, most of the changes will probably be in terms of styling. On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the 2021 Nissan Navara will remain pretty much the same. This pickup truck rides on its own version of a familiar F-Alpha platform and comes with a 124-inch long wheelbase, which is slightly shorter compared to the North American Frontier, which is about to come redesigned soon, finally.
On the other side, the styling will suffer in many ways. While the test model still wears camouflage, some rendering photos appeared and they clearly show new headlights, a slightly revised grille and a new bumper. We have no doubt that the actual model won’t be much different than this, especially if we talk about the rendered Warrior model, which besides visual upgrades comes with lots of mechanical tweaks as well, in order to compete with models like the Ford Ranger Raptor. Naturally, we also count on typical updates, such as new color options, new wheels and similar things.
Changes on the inside are about to come as well, but we don’t expect they will be as massive as those on the outside. First of all, most of the dashboard will certainly remain the same, though we could see some revisions to the center stack. This leads us to a new touchscreen and infotainment system. The former should be bigger, while the latter should be updated with new software. Furthermore, we could see some new color schemes and materials. On the other side, the overall layout will certainly remain the same and the new 2021 Nissan Navara will continue to offer a great balance between capabilities and ride quality.
2021 Nissan Navara Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we don’t expect changes, at least when it comes to engines. Therefore, you may count on a well-known 2.3-liter turbodiesel, which comes in two output variants. More basic trim levels will come with a version that puts out around 160 horsepower and 403 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque. On the other side, higher-grade models will feature a version of the engine that puts around 190 horsepower and 450 Nm (330 lb-ft) of torque. With this engine, a properly equipped Navara can tow up to 3.5 tons.
On the other side, some sources suggest we might see changes in terms of transmission. The current model comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The manual will certainly retain, while the 7-speed automatic unit could be replaced with a new 9-speed gearbox. Still, the company is still quiet on this matter, so take these rumors with a reserve.
2021 Nissan Navara Release Date
We expect to see 2021 Nissan Navara by the end of the year. The price will largely depend on the market, as this truck is available in various parts of the world. Still, we don’t expect to see a significant increase compared to the current 2020 model year.