June 27, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X

Anatomy of the Grey Wonder

Much has been said and reported already about the heavily updated Nissan Navara especially in its top-spec Pro-4X form. This follow-up review simply focuses deeper into some of the more significant details.

Obviously, it’s face lifted redesign in the front end is the most immediately noticeable upgrade profoundly highlighted by the very best headlights (LED Quad-Beam Projectors with new “C” signature DRL) found in our Philippine pickup truck market further supported by LED front fog lamps too. The tasteful contrasting orange trim treatments abundantly around the Lunar Metallic Grey Navara Pro-4X are really nice and very complementary to the more pronounced front grille and fender garnishes. While the rear bed also received a redesign not necessarily to increase load volume, which it does anyhow thanks to the 45 mm deeper tub, but the focus instead was more to improve loading ease with additional new Utili-Track channel sliding tie-down hooks, improve aerodynamics to reduce noise and turbulence, and add the useful new integrated rear bumper step with the Navara moniker embossed in the lower portion of the tailgate. The thinner stepboards are new and more refined producing less wind noise. The rear light assembly is also new with matching C-shaped LED signature lighting.

Rear load capacity, like I mentioned earlier, was slightly improved but where there was a more significant improvement was with increased rear payload because of the more robust redesigned rear differential combined with 25 mm larger rear drum brakes that now includes Trailer Sway Control and an electric rear differential lock to its comprehensive intelligent safety equipment suite. The rear suspension was also retuned with progressive-rate (Dual Rate) coil springs to handle the increased weight rating without compromising the favorable handling from the only multi-link rear setup in our pickup truck market.

The excellent new purposeful steering wheel was also improved with a new steering rack for quicker response and better feel (from the previous 4.1 lock to lock to 3.4 lock to lock) but remains hydraulic instead of electric like its competition. The instrument gauges now benefit from a larger central driver information display from 4-inches in its predecessor to a richer and crisper 7-inch system.

The comprehensive driver-assist systems (Nissan Intelligent Mobility) now include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning and intervention, blind spot warning and intervention, rear cross traffic alert, reverse parking sensors, high beam assist, rain-sensing wipers, driver alertness monitor, and 360-degree camera with multi-camera off-road monitor that operates in low-range four-wheel drive (4Lo) which is very useful and more.

The updates in the cabin are also quite plentiful. To help suppress the fairly vocal carried over 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine (no, our market did not get the lighter twin-turbo 2.3-liter engine that requires consistently high-grade diesel fuel but produces the same output), Nissan replaced the front windshield (new laminated windscreen), and front door glass (thicker side glass) with Acoustic Glass measures and added more insulation to the dashboard floor/wall and cabin floor. The nice seat materials (equipped with leather seats decorated with orange stitching and intricate seat pattern) are also better grade and better designed especially at the matching thicker-padded rears set at a more comfortable incline angle that now has a foldable center armrest with integrated cupholders instead of the floor-mounted cupholders of its predecessor. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system has Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity like before but now has more features; 4 x USB-A / 1 x USB-C ports, and heard through 6-speakers. The Navara Pro-4X also has standard Speed Sensing Door Locks, Dual Zone Automatic climate control, and Smart key functionality.

Especially with the 17-inch wheel setup of the Pro-4X model, the updated Navara genuinely feels and drives better overall than before though I wish the temperature and traction ratings of the tires were “A” instead of “B”. The competition has become fierce and plentiful in the pick-up segment and it looks like it will continue to grow too. I did hope that there were more improvements for our market but in order to manage retail costs Nissan Philippines had to make some compromises to their standard equipment packaging. As it stands though the handsome 2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X is an outstanding full-featured mid-size truck that is performing at its model finest.

 

Specification – 2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X

Engine: Inline-4

Location: Front, Longitudinal

Displacement: 2488 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection Intercooled VGT Turbodiesel

Max power: 187 bhp @ 3600 rpm

Max torque: 332 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

Transmission: 7-speed automatic, Part-Time (2H, 4H, 4L), Shift-on-the-Fly 4-Wheel Drive, Rear Electronic Differential Lock

Front Suspension: Independent Double Wishbone with coil-spring and anti-roll bar.

Rear Suspension: Live-axle, Multi-Link (5-Link) with Dual Rate Coil Spring and anti-roll bar

Fuel Capacity: 80 liters (21 gallons)

Ground Clearance: 225 mm

Wading Depth: 600 mm

Approach Angle: 32.7 degrees

Departure Angle: 26.7 degrees

Ramp-over angle: 22.9 degrees

Payload Capacity: 1,017 kg.

L x W x H: 5260 mm x 1875 mm x 1855 mm

Wheelbase: 3150 mm

Brakes: Front 11.6-inch (296 mm) ventilated discs with 2-piston calipers / Rear 12.6-inch (320 mm) Drums, 4-Wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), ABS, VDC, HSA, HDC, BA, EBD.

Wheels: 17”x 7J Multi-spoke Gloss Black Finish ACENTA-design Aluminum Alloys.

Tires: P255/65R17 110H Yokohama Geolandar A/T GO15

Weight: (kerb) 2011 kg. (4424 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 10.1 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 195 km/h (122 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 7.4 L/100 kms. Overall

Price as tested: PhP 1,849,000.00

C! RATING 9.5/10

+ The most car-like double cab pick-up truck in the country, comfortable cabin with rear a/c vents, improved on-road and off-road handling, strong packaging, fit & finish, effective 360-degree camera.

-No standard bed-liner, pronounced engine noise, no telescopic steering adjustment.

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