New Nissan Navara spied overseas ahead of update

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Words: Matthew Hansen
15 Oct 2020

We’re in the midst of busy times when it comes to the world of utes. Last year saw the Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger stage updates, while this year the Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, and Toyota Hilux go under the knife.

And add to that selection the Nissan Navara, which is reportedly slated to have an update of its own revealed in the coming weeks. Although this new image gives us a fairly clear picture of what to expect from the Japanese dual-cab.

The image, which appeared first on Instagram, shows a largely unchanged central structure — the doors and fenders appearing to be similar to the current Navara.

The front fascia, however, appears very different. The Navara gains new headlights and fog lights, a revised bash plate panel, and a more aggressive grille. It’s a look that appears to be derived most from Nissan’s ‘V-Motion’ American pick-up offerings — namely the Titan.

The update is expected to be the platform’s last comprehensive change before it gets traded in for more advanced architecture. It will complete an interesting tenure for the platform, which has battled with and mostly triumphed over complaints around its coil-sprung rear end, while also briefly being re-engineered as a Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

The age of the platform appears to be hurting it in the sales stakes. At a time a regular fixture in New Zealand’s top 10 overall registration data, the Navara missed the top 15 cut both in September and in year-to-date data.

In 2019 it was New Zealand’s fifth most popular ute, behind the Holden Colorado, Triton, Hilux, and Ranger. It still holds that position according to 2020’s Motor Industry Association year-to-date figures, although it should surpass the Colorado before the end of the year as the last of Holden’s inventory dries up.

 

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