New Navara breaks cover - Nissan's most advanced bakkie yet will be built in South Africa

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2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)
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• Nissan will launch its new Navara in South Africa in 2021.

• The bakkie will be built at the automaker's plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria.

• Pricing and specification for our market will be announced closer to the launch.

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Nissan today revealed its new Navara double cab bakkie. The bakkie, due for initial launch in April 2021, features several updates and upgrades to take on its segment leaders. The new Navara builds on 80 years of experience of Nissan’s bakkie heritage and will be the automaker’s most advanced bakkie yet.

It features several technologies, including Nissan Intelligent Mobility features and safety systems.

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

Among the Nissan Intelligent Mobility features 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.

Intelligent Around View Monitor uses four cameras, which should make parallel parking or positioning the vehicle when hitching to a trailer easier. New to the system is an off-road monitor, which checks surrounding obstacles at low speeds when in four-wheel drive mode.

WATCH: Nissan hints at what SA-bound Navara will look like come November 2020

Nissan says that its new Navara features several revisions, that include updates to the exterior, interior, and the mechanicals. The new bakkie will have a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity, and a new integrated step in the rear bumper. A new steering rack has also been brought on to improve low-speed steering response.

For the first time for the Navara, Nissan will offer the PRO-4X grade, a style package. 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 tyres.

The new Navara will be produced at Nissan South Africa’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, with local sales set to commence in April 2021.

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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