During the reveal of the heavily facelifted Nissan Navara, the brand showed several all-new genuine accessories which should prove popular with adventurous Australian consumers. Alongside the new PRO-4X model, the brand displayed a lower-grade Navara SL with the aforementioned kit.
The usual list of accessories that extends to bed liners, sports bars, bull bars and canopies will carry over from the outgoing vehicle, driving home the fact that this is a heavy facelift, not an all-new model. Nissan will be offering these parts to extend the recreational potential of the new Navara.
It’s a move to grab a slice of the blossoming sales of aftermarket off-roading accessories from companies like ARB. These genuine accessories naturally have the advantage of being explicitly designed with the features of the new vehicles in mind.
Just like Isuzu’s new D-Max, the Navara packs more active safety tech that relies on the line-of-sight of in-built sensors. These features include AEB with pedestrian detection, lane-departure and blind-spot monitoring. Nissan will have integrated the new equipment seamlessly – something that should bring solace to those who use their utes as family, commercial and recreational machines.
Pictured here is the all-new snorkel explicitly developed for the Navara. Being a genuine part installation promises to be straightforward and keep disturbance and NVH to a minimum while accomodating much greater wading depths.
Also hard to miss is the new nudge bar which appears to take cues from that of the Australian-developed N-Trek Warrior. There’s an integrated LED lightbar to assist with vision at night. Below the nudge bar is heavy duty tow-point that we’re promised will stand up to abuse. Topping off this accessorised SL grade is a set of overfenders, a Yakima roof rack and some beefy underbody protection.
Don’t confuse the snorkelled SL with the PRO-4X or a new warrior, though. These vehicles are demonstrations of the customisation that Nissan is committing to for the new car. Nissan also confirmed that a Navara Warrior successor will debut soon, with even more extreme off-road capability in planning.
The pictured SL and the lion’s share of the Navara range in Australia will be powered by a carried over 2.3-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder with middling outputs of 140kW and 450Nm. Not hugely impressive for the class, but the sophisticated coil-sprung rear suspension will remain, now with 100kg payload across the lineup.
Nissan will divulge pricing of these accessories closer to the new ute’s Australia launch in 2021. All of the Navaras that will arrive in Australia will be widebody variants, so Nissan will ditch the traffic controller base model for the update, which aligns with looking tough. That is something Chief Nissan Design officer Yamane Makoto said the move to more menacing vehicles is something Australian consumers are spearheading.
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