Priced from RM 92k, new 2021 Nissan Navara NP300 (D23) is ready to truck up the competition
CY Foong · Apr 16, 2021 11:00 AM
A little over a couple of weeks ago, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), gave the media a preview of the new, updated imported from Thailand (CBU) 2021 Nissan Navara NP300 (D23). Its tough looks certainly bring back the return of the Mother Trucker name to Nissan's pick-up in Malaysia.
2021 Nissan Navara Facelift prices
2.5L Single Cab Manual
2.5L SE Manual
2.5L SE Auto
2.5L V Auto
2.5L VL Auto
2.5L Pro-4X Auto
With 6 variants offered, prices range from RM 91,900 for the Single Cab variant to RM 142,200 for the range-topping Pro-4X. The prices listed are on-the-road inclusive of SST, without insurance.
Obviously, what has been enhanced on the Navara is its look. The biggest change on this facelift is the signature V-Motion front fascia. Depending on the variant, you could get chrome or black trims.
Speaking of black trims, those are only offered on the Navara Pro-4X, which also gains a cool, black Nissan badge with red accents, all-terrain tyres, and black 17-inch wheels. It looks a lot more bad-ass than the recently launched Mitsubishi Triton Athlete.
Unlike most facelifted models, Nissan even made some changes on the rear with the tailgate spelling out “Navara” so other people won’t mistake it for a HailakHilux.
The interior looks familiar with some parts shared with other Nissan models including the steering wheel which is similar in design to the X-Trail and the Almera.
Just because the Mother Trucker looks all action-packed, doesn't mean it hasn't forgotten the needs of an urban jungle. With rear multi-link coil suspensions and Zero Gravity seats available on all variants except the Single Cab, you can expect some sense of comfort for occupants.
Besides, the new Tailgate Assist also helps to lighten the opening and closing of the tailgate along with the integrated rear bumper step that makes accessing the bed easier.
The Navara also gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This feature is available from the V variant onwards. The base SE and Single Cab variants only make do with a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth.
Other markets receive the updated 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine, but the Malaysian-spec Navara still maintains the high output 2.5-litre single turbocharged YD25 diesel powerplant of the pre-facelift model on variants equipped with the 7-speed automatic transmission.
Both the 2.3- and 2.5-litre engines produce the same power output at 190 PS and 450 Nm. Meanwhile, the manual-transmission variants of the Navara - the SE Manual and Single Cab are powered by a medium output YD25 engine that produces up to 163 PS and 403 Nm.
All variants have part-time 4WD as standard.
When it comes to safety, ETCM has equipped the Navara facelift with Nissan's Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking system (AEB in general terms) as standard from the V variant upwards.
However, the full suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are only available on the VL and Pro-4X variants. These include:
Blind Spot Warning
Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
High Beam Assist
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
With its new looks, can the facelifted Navara live up to its looks as the Mother Trucker returns to scare the competition?