The new Nissan Navara, now locally manufactured and consequently offering a vastly expanded range, is set to hit South African showrooms in June this year. But with the order books now officially open, we can tell you exactly what model derivatives are available and how much they cost.
The Nissan Navara is now available in single cab and double cab configurations, while the engine range has been completely revamped to include a petrol-powered base variant, with 118 kW and 233 N.m, and a 2.5-litre turbodiesel that’s offered in two output levels. The ‘mid-output’ 2.5 diesel produces 120 kW and 403 N.m, while the range-topping version matches the outgoing twin-turbo 2.3-litre unit with outputs of 140 kW and 450 N.m.
The 2.5 petrol motor pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is also fitted to the 120kW diesel models. Nissan’s seven-speed automatic transmission is currently only available in the 140 kW double cab models. Depending on the model grade in question, buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations.
Pricing starts at R311 000 for the most basic XE single cab petrol model, while the double cab range costs between R474 000 and R740 000.
2021 NISSAN NAVARA PRICING
2WD Single Cab
2,5 Petrol XE 4×2 manual: R311 000
2,5D (120 kW) XE 4×2 manual: R350 000
2,5D (120 kW) SE 4×2 manual: R426 000
2,5D (140 kW) LE 4×2 manual: R456 000
4WD Single Cab
2,5D (120 kW) SE 4×4 manual: R492 000
2,5D (140 kW) LE 4×4 manual: R527 000
2WD Double Cab
2,5D (120 kW) SE 4×2 manual: R474 000
2,5D (140 kW) SE 4×2 auto: R498 000
2,5D (120 kW) SE Plus 4×2 manual: R505 000
2,5D (140 kW) SE Plus 4×2 auto: R528 000
2,5D (140 kW) LE 4×2 auto: R606 000
2,5D (140 kW) PRO-2X 4×2 auto: R686 000
4WD Double Cab
2,5D (120 kW) SE 4×4 manual: R552 000
2,5D (120 kW) SE Plus 4×4 manual: R580 000
2,5D (140 kW) LE 4×4 manual: R660 000
2,5D (140 kW) LE 4×4 auto: R677 000
2,5D (140 kW) PRO-4X 4×4 auto: R740 000
A closer look at the model range
The XE ‘workhorse’ model sticks to the basics with PVC-upholstered split bench seating, but it does pack a few basic comfort features such as air conditioning and electric mirrors, although it goes without things like electric windows, central locking and an audio system. The XE ticks the basic safety boxes with dual front airbags and ABS brakes. Single cab buyers can also opt for the SE and LE specification grades that are available with the DC body style.
The SE double cab models ship with 17-inch steel wheels, rear cabin ventilation, power windows, remote central locking, a conventional (non-touchscreen) audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering-mounted controls, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Stability Assist.
The SE Plus variants gain 17-inch alloy wheels, side steps and cruise control as well as side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and a driver alertness warning system.
The LE upgrades you to 18-inch alloy wheels and also boasts a chrome grille, silver side steps, body-coloured mirrors, chrome door handles and LED headlights. Additional luxuries in the LE include leather seats (with electric adjustment for the driver), dual-zone climate control, push-button start and a 20.3cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a reverse camera. Additional active safety features include lane departure and blind spot warning systems, high beam assist and rear cross traffic alert.
At the very top of the line-up we find the Pro 2X (4×2) and Pro 4X (4×4) models, which gain black exterior trim, a tow-bar, navigation system, power-sliding rear screen and Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
The locally-built Navara is essentially a facelifted version of the latest-generation imported model that was launched here in 2017.
In addition to a bolder frontal design, the Navara boasts an upgraded chassis that was adapted to South African conditions. Also revised is the class-exclusive five-link rear coil suspension system, although this is only fitted to the double cabs. Single cabs soldier on with a traditional leaf-spring set-up, which is better suited to their workhorse role.
Speaking of workhorse models, the long-serving Nissan NP300 Hardbody is set to disappear in late 2021, according to reports. The NP300 did not score a single star in the Global NCAP crash testing protocol when it was tested in 2018.
All Navara models are sold with a six-year or 90 000km service plan and six-year/150 000km warranty.
Look out for our driving impressions of the new Nissan Navara at around 7pm tonight.