ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan SA will launch a new Navara bakkie in 2021 as one of the few mass-market vehicles assembled and sold in Africa and with a promise from the automaker that they will meet the tough demands of on- and off-road use.
The promise comes from the local operation’s bossman Kabelo Rabotho who told The Corner they would be ideal ”to meet the rugged demands on light commercials operating on – and off – the continent’s roads”.
The 2021 Navara will be assembled at Nissan Rosslyn and in Ghana. Nigeria will also be a key market for vehicles which have brought a R3-billion investment in the Rosslyn plant. It will also bring the Nissan Next.
Rabotho added: “Africa is a critical region for Nissan as one of the the brand’s fastest-growing territories in terms of total industry volume. We will continue to enhance our product offering through vehicles such as the Navara.”
The 2021 Navara will, The Corner was told, bring several features that will be particularly attractive to buyers in Africa who know they will have to contend with less-than-ideal conditions – both off and on the road – while pursuing business or leisure activities.”
The bakkies, we are told, will have ”a more extroverted and athletic design, a quieter and more comfortable cabin, and suspension tuning to meet tar and off-road requirements”.
Loadbed access will be easier thanks to a step built into the rear bumper and the loadbed sides will be able to accommodate large and small objects as well as dirt bikes and ATVs.”
Switching to all-wheel-drive will activates a limited-slip differential system and balanced braking between all wheels – said to be valuable with large payloads, especially when driving through muddy terrain.
Trailer-sway control will also be present to help with stability when hauling a boat, caravan – ”even a consignment of rainwater tanks to a rural school”.
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Also added will be high-tech, C-shaped, quad-diod,e projector headlights and signature diode tail-lights with bright chromed detail.
Rabotho again: ”The wealth of features suited to African conditions combined with Nissan’s considerable investment in manufacturing capacity demonstrate our commitment to the African market.
”The new Navara will become a significant milestone in our journey towards making safe, smart, stylish, and sustainable mobility available to more people in Africa.”