Aussies are buying more utes than ever – no excellent revelation there. On the other hand, while several could possibly even now feel of the humble twin-taxi overall body-on-frame ute as becoming minor more than a sparsely outfitted tradie chariot, the fact is that non-public ute purchasers are transacting ever higher sums to get the ute they want onto their driveway.
What is more, after said ute is in their possession, they are paying out massive on accessories to make that motor vehicle more capable, adaptable, rugged, and theirs. Outdoors of organization fleets, utes are having the kind of notice from their homeowners that would make a sportscar jealous.
And it is these recreational ute homeowners that are squarely in the sights of Nissan’s Navara Pro-4X Warrior.
Subsequent on from the Navara N-Trek Warrior that introduced in late 2019, the Pro-4X Warrior repeats a common template but with several revisions to insert even more off-road functionality – not to point out all of the other factory-issue upgrades that arrived with the Navara’s facelift at the get started of 2021.
Converted regionally from normal Navara Pro-4Xs by Premcar in Melbourne, the Warrior remedy is mainly concentrated inside of the wheel wells – bespoke suspension using larger-diameter Monroe shock absorbers, exceptional spring premiums, a little bit of suspension raise and a exceptional wheel and tyre offer all lead to supplying the Warrior improved off-road credentials, while meaty bolt-on fender flares, an intense metal entrance bumper and an underbody bash guard insert both equally safety and visible aggression, in equal evaluate.
Less than the bonnet, there is practically nothing new to report. The normal twin-turbo 2.three-litre diesel Navara motor gets no tweaks from Premcar, this means the normal 140kW and 450Nm outputs are all you get to enjoy with.
On the other hand, in the world of minimal-assortment mud-pluggin’ and rock-crawlin’, does that essentially issue? Also, at $sixty seven,490 as a manual or $sixty nine,990 for the auto (as well as on-road fees), does it signify benefit relative to the normal $fifty eight,130/$sixty,630 Navara Pro-4X that it is based upon?
We went off the beaten path with the new Warrior in the Coffs Harbour hinterland to uncover out.