Pickup trucks are no longer what they used to be. What were once utilitarian vehicles destined to a lifetime of agricultural and industrial servitudes have evolved into better versions of themselves that people wanted to make road trip memories with and were proud to have parked in their driveways. As demand across all spectrums grow in numbers and specificity, so too does the pressure on carmakers to deliver a truck that’s competent on all fronts. And in the case of Nissan, that dedication has culminated into the latest iteration of its ‘Mother Trucker’, the new 2021 Navara Pro-4X.
To call the 2021 Nissan Navara a facelift would be an understatement to the lengths that Nissan has gone to in the name of improving its iconic pickup truck in every way possible. The Navara Pro-4X, the most accomplished variant of the range, embodies this newfound persona to perfection.
THE DESIGN – Bold is an understatement
Pro-4X signifies a new identity for the Navara; one that stands for confidence with a modern twist, infused with a rugged sense of style. This is instantly communicated by the thoroughly redesigned exterior, which now features cutting-edge quad-LED projector headlamps with LED signature daytime-running lights, 17-inch Pro-4X alloys bordered by imposing wheel fenders and striking orange accents that put the finishing touches on the Navara’s bold, new look. These changes are so extensive that the new Navara is, in fact, 5mm longer, 25mm wider and 15mm taller than the truck it replaces.
THE TECHNOLOGY – The benchmark in safety and connectivity
Inside, the Navara Pro-4X is arguably the most technologically-endowed pickup truck ever sold by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM). The driver is greeted by a seven-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display while a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment readily connects to mobile devices either via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Alternatively, the system also supports Bluetooth as well as an integrated USB-C port for rapid charging.
On the safety front, the Nissan Intelligent Mobility package equips the Navara Pro-4X with Intelligent Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, High Beam Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These features stack on top of the Navara’s safety essentials such as ABS, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control, making it one of the most secure pickup trucks currently on sale.
THE VERSATILITY – Dependable across all conditions
The cabin of the Navara Pro-4X is as versatile as it is advanced. Front passengers enjoy Nissan’s famed Zero Gravity seats while the rear of the dual-cab interior is treated to rear air-conditioning vents. The rear seats can be flipped up to accommodate more cargo, that is if the high-capacity glove box and roomy centre console have already filled up. And need we mention the massive truck bed in the rear with a 1.1-tonne payload?
All of this is possible thanks to the Navara’s robust, fully-boxed ladder frame and rear multi-link suspension that keeps the things going comfortably no matter the terrain. An Electronic Locking Rear Differential, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Active Brake Limited Slip and Shift-on-the-fly 4-Wheel Drive System give drivers a steady flow of performance that is both convenient and assured off the beaten path. There is even an Off-road Mode with an Intelligent Around View Monitor to warn you of obstacles along the way.
THE RELIABILITY – Enhancing a proven formula
At the core of the Nissan Navara Pro-4X’s wide range of abilities is its heart: a 2.5-litre turbodiesel power plant that generates a maximum of 190PS and 450Nm of torque. This output is channelled to the wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode; a tried-and-tested combination that is now paired to upgraded brakes to keep confidence levels high for when the going gets tough. Despite the heavy-duty performance, the Navara’s engine is still capable of returning 8.4 litres per 100km, which works out to a whopping 950km on a full 80-litre tank – perfect for the long adventures and road trips that await