It’s like the second coming of the truck wars. Over the past year, Toyota has refreshed the Hilux, Ford has updated the Ranger, and Isuzu has overhauled the D-Max. Now, Nissan Philippines has brought in the refreshed Navara.
The Japanese carmaker hosted a media preview and drive of its updated midsize pickup last week—if you haven’t already, check out our story on that by clicking these blue words. Today, the Navara finally made its official Philippine debut, which means we finally have the pricelist for the entire range.
Variants and prices
So, here’s the much-awaited rundown of prices for Nissan’s updated truck. There are eight variants in total, with the entry-level manual Navara EL 4x2 priced at P1,149,000. Topping the range is the Pro-4X 4x4 AT, which commands an asking price of P1,849,000. Check out the full list of variants and their respective prices—which already include provisional safeguard duties—below:
2021 Nissan Navara Variants and Prices
- Nissan Navara EL 4x2 MT – P1,149,000
- Nissan Navara VE Calibre 4x2 MT – P1,369,000
- Nissan Navara VE Calibre 4x2 AT – P1,459,000
- Nissan Navara VE 4x4 MT – P1,499,000
- Nissan Navara VL Calibre 4x2 AT – P1,599,000*
- Nissan Navara VL 4x4 MT – P1,699,000*
- Nissan Navara VL 4x4 AT – P1,779,000*
- Nissan Navara Pro-4X 4x4 AT – P1,849,000*
*Additional P15,000 for Aspen Pearl White color option
This is the main highlight here: the new Navara’s design. It’s a very, very substantial facelift, and we wouldn’t blame you if you thought the pickup had actually undergone a full model change. The face is almost entirely new, as the V-motion grille is now much, much bigger than before.
The new quad LED projector headlamps now look more macho, and so does the whole bumper. Overall, the Navara now appears tougher and more rugged, especially the Pro-4X variant with its blacked-out exterior accents, black and orange Nissan emblem, orange accents, and snazzy gloss-black wheels.
Speaking of the wheels, 17- and 18-inch alloys are available, while base variants get 17-inch steel wheels. Colors available are Stealth Pearl Gray, Aspen Pearl White, Forged Metallic Copper, Lunar Metallic Gray, Galaxy Black, Brilliant Silver, Alpine White, and Fiery Red.
The interior doesn’t see drastic changes as the exterior does, but there still are notable changes nonetheless. The seats that are available in either fabric or leather now sport a new design, and the seats in the Pro-4X variant get a different look as well.
Engine and specs
The new Navara still only comes with one engine option across the range: a 2.5-liter in-line-four turbodiesel. This can come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.
In VE 4x2 AT variants and up, the powertrain generates 187hp and 450Nm of torque. For lower variants, peak figures are down to 161hp and 403Nm. Both transmissions can be had with a rear- or four-wheel drivetrain, depending on the trim level.
The suspension setup has been slightly tweaked. It’s now composed of an independent double-wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar up front and a multilink with dual-rate coil springs and stabilizer bar out back. Stopping power, meanwhile, is provided by ventilated disc and drum brakes front and rear, respectively.
The Pro-4X and VL variants get all the toys here. There’s a smart keyless entry system with push-to-start ignition available, along with safety features such as blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high beam assist, and hill descent control.
There’s also a 360-degree view monitor available in both variants, but the top-of-the-line Navara gets an off-road monitor as a nifty bonus.
Niceties that are also available in the VE variants include an eight-inch infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a seven-inch color TFT display, and dual-zone automatic climate controls with A/C vents at the back. Cruise control, intelligent emergency braking with intelligent forward-collision warning, driver attention alert, and hill-start assist are on the list, too.
The base Navara variant, meanwhile, gets the bare minimum. A double-DIN head unit with Bluetooth connectivity paired with a four-speaker setup, a manual air-conditioning system, and...well, speed-sensing door locks. That’s about it.
So, now that it’s finally here, what can you say about the refreshed Nissan Navara? Share your thoughts in the comments, and check out more photos below. We’ve also done a video feature—you can watch it here. Curious about how it stacks up against other recently launched competitors? Head on over to our four-way spec-sheet brawl to find out.
UPDATE, March 21, 2021: This story has been edited to include the prices of the 2021 Nissan Navara following its official Philippine launch.