Earlier it was the new generation Almera that was spotted by motorists that were quick to whip out their phones and snapped a few photos. Such photos are an indication that the model is being prepared for launch soon, which coincides with the cessation of local assembly of the previous generation model at the Univation Motors plant.
Now we've got another: and it's the new Nissan Navara.
Circulating on social media were photos of undisguised examples of what is clearly the facelifted 2021 Nissan Navara. The new model was first revealed in Thailand in November and features a variety of changes both inside and out.
The images were first spotted on the Navara Nation (Hat tip to John Mark Magno for alerting us), a local group of Navara owners and enthusiasts, and showed the new truck running on the road and even parked at a local service station. There was an attempt to mask the identity of the vehicles by covering up the Nissan logos, the emblems, and even the Navara name which would have been on the top of the front grille and on the tailgate.
What's interesting about the photos -apart from a launch that may happen sooner rather than later- is that these are of a new top-of-the-line variant: the Pro-4X. This can be ascertained by looking at several of the details on the vehicle in the photographs showing red accents and blacked-out trim pieces. The Pro-4X decals in international markets are typically positioned on the side of the bed/deck, but these have also been covered up in the photos.
The new Navara features a long list of improvements, many of which are to the exterior design which has largely remained unchanged since 2014. There's a new front clip which gets a much larger grille, a restyled front bumper, and redesigned headlights. There are new alloy wheel designs for most grades in the international market along with new taillights and a new integrated rear bumper with a lowered step. The facelift of the Navara has some interior enhancements as well such as new upholstery, a new steering wheel, and -oddly enough- a deletion of the dashtop tray.
The engine options will likely remain the same: a 2.5-liter turbodiesel that makes 190 PS in the high-grade variants and 163 PS in the lower grade models. Gearbox options will likely remain unchanged too with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic, along with rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options.
During the premiere, Nissan says there are enhancements with the facelifted Navara such as increased payload capacity, a strengthened rear axle, and a new steering rack for a better driving feel. Nissan also mentioned improvements due to new safety features and enhancements to the existing ones, particularly the Around View Monitor which has a new off-road function.
As to when exactly Nissan will launch the new Navara is anyone's guess, but when they do, we'll be there to give you all the information about this new truck that will be entering a very competitive segment of the market.