We praised the Nissan Navara PRO-4X for its looks when it was launched here in Malaysia earlier this year. But it seems like Nissan Australia didn’t think that it was aggressive enough, because they’ve just gone and unveiled the PRO-4X Warrior pick-up truck (or ‘ute’); if the PRO-4X looks “out of this world”, this one might be from another galaxy.
The new pick-up truck is an Australia-exclusive model, made in collaboration with Victoria-based automotive engineering firm, Premcar. The Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior is actually the second model between the two company, the first based on the pre-facelift Navara.
Anyway, Premcar basically took the new Nissan Navara PRO-4X, and turned it into a proper rugged off-road weapon with several specially-designed modifications for the range-topping truck – a custom build was necessary to ensure that all the advanced driver assistance features will remain functional, and of course, look the way it does.
Details haven’t been finalised just yet, but based on the pictures published by Nissan Australia, the Navara Warrior gains a new hoopless bullbar up front replacing the existing bumper, integrated light bar, and massive red-painted bash plates on the underside.
There’s also a new souped-up suspension set-up, which raises the truck’s overall ride height, along with a set of larger Cooper Discoverer all-terrain tyres (with a larger track offset) for more surface-clawing ability especially off the beaten path.
Other upgrades are more on the aesthetic side for extra street appeal, including a PRO-4X Warrior decals round the side, black sports bar above the truck bed, and a host of black exterior accents to finish off the aggressive exterior.
All of the mechanical bits underneath the bonnet are unchanged though, with the Navara Warrior still powered by the same 2.5-litre inline-four turbodiesel mill that makes 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque – so not quite Ranger Raptor-level of performance yet.
“Australia’s unique landscape is both rugged and exhilarating, and the Warrior program is designed to deliver vehicles that share those attributes, without sacrificing safety, technology or on-road comfort,” said Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester.
No word yet as to when the Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior by Premcar (that’s its official full name… quite a mouthful isn’t it) will be available in showrooms, as it is still undergoing testing across all different terrains that Australia can offer. Nissan did say that there will be more Warrior models coming soon, so we’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for that!