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With the new year just around the corner, we are eagerly anticipating 2021’s hottest car releases. Though car sales experienced a slump this year due to the impact of the coronavirus, they are predicted to bounce back after Christmas. We’ve already given you a sneak peek at the Hyundai Tucson, and this week the spotlight is on another SUV set to hit Australian roads in the next couple of months – the Nissan Navara PRO-4X. This latest trim is one of a whopping 13 new models the Japanese car giant is set to unveil next year. First launched in 2014, the Navara has gotten a facelift and we’ll be going through every nip and tuck. It comes fully loaded with safety features, power and chassis customisations, tough interiors and a sleek exterior. Buckle yourself up and let’s get into it!
While the shape isn’t much new, the 2021 Navara’s frame grille has undergone a significant makeover that immediately distinguishes it from previous iterations. This bigger and badder interlocking grille has a uniquely American feel to it that will be sure to divide opinions. Night-time driving is a breeze with its updated quad LED projector lamp headlights and taillights for superior visibility. Also notice the addition of a pair of avant-garde C-shaped daytime running lights which contribute to its slick, modern and imposing visage. The blacked-out accents and daring orange highlights on the 43cm alloys and lights add to its dominating presence, creating its signature sense of drama and assertiveness. We love the embossed Navara lettering on the above the grille and on the tailgate, giving the PRO-4X a sporty look that ties in perfectly with the revised sports bar design. All of these cosmetic tweaks work in harmony to create a bolder SUV that takes charge of the road.
Not a whole lot has changed in terms of interior material, which remains tough and hard-wearing – exactly what you would expect from a one-tonne ute. However, the seats have been adjusted for extra comfort. The new and improved PRO-4X-branded seats have a ribbed detail along the back for a snug and secure feel while off-roading. The rear seat base has also been made cushioned for added lifestyle appeal. While the hydraulic power steering remains the same, the new Navara’s steering wheel has been adjusted to make it smaller, sitting naturally in the hands of the driver. Stay connected with plenty of charging points accessible for both front and back seat passengers, including new fast-charging USB-C ports in the car’s centre console. The 20cm infotainment system makes long trips easy, and comes fully integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The PRO-4X Navara also has lots of storage space for your phone, a decent sized glove box, power folding side mirrors, a sliding rear window and a folding armrest with cup holders in the back for your convenience.
The Navara’s powerful 2.5 litre turbo diesel motor can reach up to 187hp and 450Nm of torque for higher trim levels. Automatic transmission is no problem for the PRO-4X, with its 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. The rear axle has also been upgraded, and the payload capacity increased for a more powerful ride. The 2021 Navara’s vehicle bed also has a new look with a new step at the rear bumper for fast and easy access. Off-roading is a huge part of the Aussie driving experience, and this model is built to withstand the country’s rugged conditions. Enjoy a full selection of 4WD controls, including Hill Descent Control which allows you to maintain a steady speed and brake pressure to help you effortlessly reach the foot of any decline.
Certain versions of the new Navara will reportedly come with individual tyre pressure monitors so you can keep a close eye. The digital instrument display screen indicates pressure levels and can even automatically alert you if your tyre pressure is dangerously low. Among the PRO-4X Navara’s other safety features are autonomous emergency braking, forward crash alert, blind zone warning, rear-cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning – all of which are a first for the new Nissan Navara.
Though 2021 has many exciting releases lined up, the Nissan Navara PRO-4X is at the top of our list. Expected to grace Australia’s roads and showrooms in Q1 of next year, it looks as though this model has truly been worth the wait.
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