You’ve probably already seen a handful of spy photographs of the facelifted Nissan Navara but the Japanese brand has finally confirmed a reveal date for the updated bakkie.

A short clip looking back at the Navara’s roots and ending with a shadowy teaser image of the refreshed bakkie has been posted on Nissan Australia’s social media channels. It suggests we can expect a full reveal on 5 November 2020.

What do we know about the Navara’s upcoming mid-cycle update? Well, perhaps most significant for us is the fact Nissan plans to start building the bakkie right here in South Africa in 2021. Yes, in April 2019, Nissan SA announced it would begin producing the Navara bakkie for local and export markets at its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria.

The R3-billion investment will see the Navara added to the production line alongside the NP300 Hardbody and half-tonne NP200, with more volume likely coming South Africa’s way thanks to Nissan's decision to close its Barcelona plant (which also builds the Navara) in the near future. That also means we can expect a broader range of Navara body styles to be offered locally.

What else? Well, a report from July 2020 claimed the refreshed D23-generation Navara would adopt the “structural reinforcements” Mercedes engineers developed for the now-defunct X-Class.

In terms of styling (as you’ve no doubt seen in the aforementioned leaked images), we can expect a fresh front-end design, complete with new headlamps and a new front bumper.