Aussies are buying extra utes than ever – no great revelation there. However, whilst a lot of could continue to assume of the humble twin-cab entire body-on-frame ute as being little extra than a sparsely equipped tradie chariot, the real truth is that personal ute potential buyers are transacting ever higher sums to get the ute they want on to their driveway.
What’s extra, when said ute is in their possession, they’re shelling out big on extras to make that car extra capable, flexible, rugged, and theirs. Exterior of corporation fleets, utes are having the kind of attention 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 Professional-4X Warrior.
Subsequent on from the Navara N-Trek Warrior that released in late 2019, the Professional-4X Warrior repeats a common template but with quite a few revisions to incorporate even extra off-road capability – not to point out all of the other factory-concern upgrades that arrived with the Navara’s facelift at the commence of 2021.
Transformed locally from conventional Navara Professional-4Xs by Premcar in Melbourne, the Warrior treatment method is mainly centered in the wheel wells – bespoke suspension applying much larger-diameter Monroe shock absorbers, unique spring charges, a little bit of suspension raise and a unique wheel and tyre package deal all contribute to providing the Warrior enhanced off-road credentials, whilst meaty bolt-on fender flares, an intense metallic entrance bumper and an underbody bash guard incorporate both safety and visible aggression, in equivalent evaluate.
Below the bonnet, there’s nothing new to report. The conventional twin-turbo two.3-litre diesel Navara motor gets no tweaks from Premcar, this means the conventional 140kW and 450Nm outputs are all you get to participate in with.
However, in the entire world of very low-selection mud-pluggin’ and rock-crawlin’, does that actually matter? Also, at $sixty seven,490 as a handbook or $69,990 for the vehicle (in addition on-road expenses), does it characterize worth relative to the conventional $58,130/$sixty,630 Navara Professional-4X that it is centered on?
We went off the beaten path with the new Warrior in the Coffs Harbour hinterland to uncover out.