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Monday, March 8, 2021

Nissan PH Launching Refreshed Navara on March 21 and Here's What You Can Expect

Get ready for the next chapter in the pickup wars. The term coined during the market introduction of the then-all-new 2015 Navara set the tone for carmakers to come up with ever-better value pickup trucks. And now, just mere days after the Philippine market introduction of the all-new Isuzu D-MAX and Ford’s teasing of the Ranger FX4 Max, Nissan is doing the same with its revamped 2021 Navara.

Launched globally last November in Thailand, teasers for its major revamp (Big Minor Change or BMC in Nissan parlance), the 2021 Navara will officially launch on Sunday, March 21, 2021. The carmaker has revealed more details, including some detail shots in this link). Here is what you can expect with the 2021 Navara.

The 2021 Navara will feature a new rugged exterior design featuring an interlocking frame grille—a design feature found exclusively in Nissan’s pickup truck family (and one that’s also found in the North American market Titan). Together with the new grille, it will also receive C-shaped daytime running lights, and quad LED projector headlights. At the back, the LED taillights will feature a bright chrome detail along with a new tailgate emblazoned with the words, “NAVARA” and a new rear bumper step. A tailgate assist helps lighten the opening and closing of the tailgate.

For the first time, Nissan Philippines will offer the PRO-4X grade. The PRO-4X grade will have its own athletic look, with a black emblem, orange-accented front bumper, black grille, door handles, roof racks and running boards, capped off by 17-inch black wheels and all-terrain tires. Other variants will adopt either 17- or 18-inch wheels; the latter having a dual-tone design.

The 2021 Navara will continue using its unique combination of front independent double wishbones and rear multi-link coil springs. For this update though, engineers adopted dual-rate coil springs for improved road handling, vehicle stability, and ride comfort as well as a strengthened rear axle for increased payload capacity. The steering rack has also been changed for better low speed maneuverability, and improved steering response across the speed range. For four-wheel drive models, they will get rear lockers.

Under the hood, Nissan Philippines will continue with the tried-and-tested 2.5-liter YD25DDTi 4-cylinder diesel engine for this update. It comes in two levels of output—a 163 horsepower / 403 Nm for the low and mid-trim variants, and 190 horsepower and 450 Nm for higher trim variants (we are seriously hoping for the twin-turbo 2.3 though). The gearbox remains either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic. While the powertrain remains unchanged, work has been done to significantly decrease vibration and improve noise isolation. Furthermore, it uses an acoustic laminated front windshield and front windows for better noise isolation.

Inside, the 2021 Navara will have its trademark Zero Gravity seat design, but with a new design for better long distance touring comfort. The rear occupants will especially benefit from increased thigh support and a curved backrest along with an armrest with built-in cup holders. Also new for this update is the three-spoke steering wheel.

The driver is treated to a 7-inch high-resolution multi-information TFT display called Advanced Drive Assist Display or ADAD, while everyone else will enjoy the 8-inch Advance Audio Touchscreen infotainment system. Powered by Nissan Connect, it has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. USB ports—both Type A and Type C offer charging flexibility. Other convenience features, depending on variant, is expected to include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and dual zone climate control with rear vents.

This high-res center screen also serves as the display for the Nissan Intelligent Around View Monitor which gives the driver a 360-degree view around the vehicle for easier maneuvering. The system incorporates Intelligent Moving Object Detection which alerts the driver of moving objects around the vehicle as well as an Off-Road Monitor which helps the driver confirm surrounding obstacles at low speeds when the 4LO is engaged.

Nissan Philippines says there will be 8 variants of the 2021 Navara available in EL, VE, VL, and PRO-4X grades:
  • Navara EL 4x2 6MT
  • Navara VE 4x2 6MT
  • Navara VE 4x2 7AT
  • Navara VE 4x4 6MT
  • Navara VL 4x2 7AT
  • Navara VL 4x4 6MT
  • Navara VL 4x4 7AT
  • Navara PRO-4X 4x4 7AT
With all this information already released, the only thing left to know would be the price. For that bit of info, you have stay tuned on March 21.


  1. At least the cupholders are already in the correct place 😄

  2. I Hope Nissan Philippines also adds Navara Cab and Chassis for businesses and Revive the "Bida" moniker for the FB body of Navara Cab and Chassis. And I Hope Nissan Philippines add Navara Base 4x4 Manual for those Fleet Customers wants 4wd instead of 2wd.

    1. Catched you, Keane! I already mentioned in your comment in another PH car site.

  3. Better than All new D-MAX? -Nope

  4. At least they fixed the coil rear sagging issue, still needs a diff lock as standard though


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