Nissan has launched a new derivative of its Navara double-cab bakkie, one which has been “engineered specifically with the South African customer in mind”; meet the Navara Stealth.

Based on the Navara luxury edition, the Stealth is fitted with an array of design updates, which Nissan says makes it an “even more rugged” version of its double-cab bakkie.

Setting it apart from other derivatives in the Japanese firm’s local double-cab line-up, the standard silver and chrome trim found on the exterior has been replaced by black items, with orange accents highlighting the front bumper, side mirrors and side steps. The latter item, roll-bar and alloys, are all finished in a black hue.

The two-tone colour scheme is carried over to the interior, where the seats feature black leather side bolsters, replete with orange inserts and contrast stitching.

According to Kabelo Rabotho, Nissan South Africa’s marketing director, these updates are designed for a customer who is passionate about vehicle accessories and is looking for a pick-up that speaks to who they are.

As the modifications made to this variant is only cosmetic, the 2,3-litre turbodiesel mill has remained unchanged, and still produces 140 kW and 450 N.m of torque.

The Navara Stealth will include driving technologies such as Nissan’s Intelligent Key System, Intelligent 4x4 System and Hill Start Assistance. The firm’s Around View Monitor, utilising four cameras positioned round the body, gives the driver a 360-degree, aerial view of the pick-up when manoeuvring in tight spaces.

Pricing for the Nissan Navara Stealth starts off at R582 200 for the 4x2 model in six-speed manual-guise, with the 2WD seven-speed automatic variant coming in at just below the R600k mark at R599 900. The 4x4 derivative, which is also equipped with an automatic transmission, will cost R659 900.

The Stealth models are offered with Nissan Assured, which includes a comprehensive three-year/90 000 km service plan, plus a six-year/150 000 km warranty.