It was back in May when Nissan announced that they are launching 13 new and facelifted models for the next 18 months. One of those mentioned was the Navara, and after six months of waiting the Japanese automaker has finally pulled the covers off. So, what's new for 2021?

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From the outside, you won't mistake this for the pre-facelift model. The entire front end gets new panels from the hood, right down to the bumper. The 2021 Navara has a bulging hood, removing the two curves by the trailing edges of the panel. They even added chrome for extra presence and bling. Speaking of bling, top-spec Navaras get LED headlights with a unique, four-light pattern.

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Giving the Navara a tougher look is its grille, which is larger this time around. It replaces the dainty V-Motion look for a three-bar design, taking some cues from its (much) larger brother, the Titan. Nissan wanted to make the 2021 Navara look edgier, so they also added more defined corners on the bumper. They also made the center air intake wider than last year's model, and the apron gets a more rugged look.

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As for the rest of the truck, changes are relatively minor. There are new wheel options this year, plus small tweaks to the side mirrors. At the back, the tail light clusters have a new pattern incorporating LEDs, plus new stamping for the tailgate. But for those looking for a beefier-looking model, Nissan also introduced a new variant.

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Dubbed the Pro-4X, it's aimed at top-spec pick-ups such as the Toyota Hilux Conquest, Ford Ranger Wildtrak, and Mitsubishi Strada Athlete. It gains blacked-out elements, more prominent fender flares, red highlights, and decals.

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Inside, it's much like the current model, but there are a few tweaks here and there. Most noticeable is the steering wheel, which adapts the retro three-spoke design from Nissan passenger cars. The instrument cluster also gets an upgrade with a larger multi-information display. It features new graphics and more menus as well. Pro-4X versions get unique seat patterns and red highlights.

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As for additional upgrades and enhancements, the 2021 Navara is available with  Intelligent Forward Collision Warning plus Intelligent Emergency Braking activates the brakes to avoid collisions. Nissan also improved the Intelligent Around View Monitor which adds an off-road monitor, which checks surrounding obstacles at low speeds when in four-wheel-drive mode.

Other enhancements include a strengthened rear axle, increased payload capacity, additional truck bed volume and a new integrated step in the rear bumper for easier access to the truck bed. Nissan even says it has a new steering rack for better handling, feel, feedback, and maneuverability.

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As for the engines, it's the same as before. It uses a 2.3-liter, twin-turbocharged diesel engine in select markets, but the 2.5-liter lives on. Curiously, both make 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque. That said, a 163 PS version of the 2.5-liter lives on in the entry-level models. Transmission options available are a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic. 

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So when will the 2021 Navara land in the Philippines? There is no definite date for now, but given the strong sales here, the wait shouldn't be that long. While we're at it, the new-look Terra might just be around the corner.