Question: does the Navara PRO-4X Warrior, a latecomer to the ranks, have enough to
take on the army of talent in one of the most closely fought contests in the Aussie
automobile market? With fully armed dual cab pick-ups the likes of the Ford Ranger,
Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota HiLux Rugged, Mazda BT50 Thunder, Isuzu’s D-Max and the US
Ram holding the line, the Navara Warrior has its work cut out.

Not that Nissan isn’t out to giving things a shake, calling on input from local specialist
engineer Premcar, to light the fuse. The result is the range topping Navara PRO-4X
Warrior by Premcar, tipping the scales at $68,265, plus on-road costs.

Premcar has put in its bob’s worth with up-specced suspension, wider track and greater
ground clearance, plus a 100 kg addition to gross vehicle mass and aggressive new
exterior. All were tested in Victoria to meet demands of real off-roading in varied bush,
beach, desert and mountain terrain.

Premcar has also matched Nissan’s five-year warranty, the latter featuring capped price
servicing at 12-month 20,000 kilometre intervals, whichever comes first.

Tough guy trappings are not only for show. They are worn to take on the harshest driving
conditions, featuring unique Warrior 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in larger, wider Cooper
Discoverer All Terrain tyres.

A redesigned towbar is built to carry a full-size spare, and a premium body coloured bulbar
with integrated LED light bar, plus tub liner go beyond their good looks with premium

With upgrades to chassis and suspension weighing in with ride comfort in the toughest
going, it’s only natural to complement this with an eight-way power driver’s seat, with
lumbar support, and heated front seats.

With space for five adults, premium leather accented PRO-4X seats sport Warrior stitching
on the front headrests. Dual zone climate control incorporates rear air vents. The back
seat base folds up to expose storage spaces underneath.

The Navara is well-equipped to carry loads up the back, with four robust tie-down loops
low in each corner of the tub and adjustable Utili-Tracks running lengthways along the
upper tray. A plastic tub liner completes the cargo carrying set-up.


The Navara PRO-4X Warrior by Premcar is equipped with an 8-inch colour touchscreen,
with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in situ for connectivity to a smartphone. Bluetooth
hands free is on tap too via steering wheel controls.

AM/FM radio with AUX and USB connectivity is run through a six-speaker sound system .
There’s one USB-A in console tray, one USB-A and USB-C in the centre console, one
USB-A in the rear of the centre console, which is charge Only, plus two 12V Outlets in the
console tray and centre console.

A 7-inch instrument cluster display includes instant and average fuel economy, distance to
empty and average speed.

Under the bonnet of the PRO-4X Warrior is the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine found in
all 4×4 models in the Navara range, producing 140 kW of power at 3750 rpm and 450 Nm
of torque between 1500 and 2500 rpm.

The Renault common-rail motor is mated either with a six-speed manual transmission or a
seven-speed automatic, driving through a part-time four-wheel drive system with low-range
gearing and a locking rear differential. On test was the latter.

There’s a full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology with off-road innovation creating a
360-degree ‘shield’ that detects, warns, and intervenes in potential danger in varied driving

Advanced safety systems include blind spot warning and Intelligent blind spot intervention,
which alerts of any detected vehicles and actively guides the Navara back into its lane to help
prevent a collison.

An all-round view monitor with moving object detection presents a 360-degree view of the
vehicle when reversing and rear parking sensors pick up any problems in tight spots. Seven
airbags – front side seat, curtain and driver’s knee – are fitted.

Remote keyless entry and practically placed grab handles make access to the cabin
comfortable, while cruise control, high beam assist, rain sensing wipers and a UV and heat
rejecting windscreen ease the stress of everyday driving.

Needless to say, the performance of the 2.3-litre, four-cylinder twin turbo-diesel motor
mated with its seven-speed automatic transmission was more than able to carry the ute’s
aggressive appearance, turning heads time and time again.

The maker’s fuel consumption claim is 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the combined urban
/ highway cycle. Over a week of non-stressed testing on the bitumen the PRO-4X Warrior
averaged 10.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

It’s not the best in class, but it’s worth remembering the vehicle’s raised ride height and
larger, heavier light truck tyres fitted to improve off-road performance, will be detrimental to
fuel consumption.

A Drive Mode selector allows easy switching between four modes – normal, sport, off road
and towing, while off road, hill descent control and hill start assist adjusts speed on steep
inclines, the rear diff lock provides extra traction in challenging going.

The innovative Off-Road Monitor presents a clear view of each wheel when taking on
tough terrain.

The Warrior turns in a towing capacity of 3500 kg braked and 750 kg unbraked. Off-road
stats include 260 mm ground clearance and a wading depth of 600 mm.

The Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior by Premcar puts me in mind of HSV and Tickford
who raised the popular Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, respectively, to iconic
status. Say no more.

Looks: 8/10
Performance: 6/10
Safety: 8/10
Thirst: 5/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 7/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 5/10


Nissan Navara 2.3 SL $47,350
Nissan Navara 2.3 ST $52,455
Nissan Navara 2.3 ST-X $55,945
Nissan Navara SL Warrior $58,750
Nissan Navara PRO-4X $58,905
Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior $68,265
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Nissan dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior 2.3L 4-cylinder twin turbo-diesel, 7sp
automatic with manual mode, dual range 4×4 ute)

Capacity: 2.298 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in-line
Maximum Power: 140 kW @ 3750 rpm
Maximum Torque: 450 Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm
Fuel Type: Diesel
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 8.1 L/100km
Emissions CO2: 213 g/km

DRIVELINE: Seven-speed automatic transmission, with manual mode, Intelligent 4×4

Length: 5350 mm
Wheelbase: 3150 mm
Width: 1920 mm
Height: 1895 mm
Turning Circle: 11.8 metres
Gross Vehicle Mass: 3250 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 litres

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Drum

Five years / unlimited kilometres


About Derek Ogden

On graduating with an honours degree in applied science in London, Derek Ogden worked for the BBC in local radio and several British newspapers as a production journalist and writer. Derek moved to Australia in 1975 and worked as a sub-editor with The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail in Brisbane, moving to the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1980 where he continued as a production journalist. He was the paper's motoring editor for more than 20 years, taking the weekly section from a few pages at the back of the book to a full-colour liftout of up to 36 pages. He left the publication in 2009.
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