Aussies are purchasing a lot more utes than at any time – no great revelation there. On the other hand, whilst several may well nevertheless believe of the humble dual-taxi system-on-frame ute as being minor much more than a sparsely geared up tradie chariot, the fact is that private ute buyers are transacting at any time greater sums to get the ute they want on to their driveway.
What is extra, at the time mentioned ute is in their possession, they’re investing massive on add-ons to make that automobile far more capable, adaptable, rugged, and theirs. Exterior of business fleets, utes are having the kind of focus from their entrepreneurs that would make a sportscar jealous.
And it’s these recreational ute owners that are squarely in the sights of Nissan’s Navara Professional-4X Warrior.
Next on from the Navara N-Trek Warrior that released in late 2019, the Pro-4X Warrior repeats a familiar template but with quite a few revisions to add even more off-highway capability – not to point out all of the other manufacturing facility-challenge upgrades that came with the Navara’s facelift at the commence of 2021.
Converted regionally from normal Navara Pro-4Xs by Premcar in Melbourne, the Warrior remedy is mainly focused within just the wheel wells – bespoke suspension utilizing greater-diameter Monroe shock absorbers, unique spring premiums, a little bit of suspension lift and a distinctive wheel and tyre offer all lead to offering the Warrior improved off-street credentials, although meaty bolt-on fender flares, an aggressive steel front bumper and an underbody bash guard add each safety and visual aggression, in equivalent evaluate.
Under the bonnet, there is practically nothing new to report. The normal twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel Navara engine receives no tweaks from Premcar, that means the conventional 140kW and 450Nm outputs are all you get to engage in with.
Having said that, in the earth of reduced-range mud-pluggin’ and rock-crawlin’, does that really make any difference? Also, at $67,490 as a handbook or $69,990 for the car (plus on-street expenses), does it represent worth relative to the common $58,130/$60,630 Navara Pro-4X that it’s centered on?
We went off the beaten path with the new Warrior in the Coffs Harbour hinterland to find out.