Nissan’s next Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota HiLux Rugged X rival is coming soon. In fact, we’re now tantalising close to the reveal of the new off-road-focused Navara Warrior 4x4 ute, which will be built in Australia, just like its predecessor was.
When asked by CarsGuide this week for an update on the next Navara Warrior, Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester said: “We’ll be shortly answering that in more detail.”
While not quite the rundown we were hoping for, that response did suggest Nissan Australia is weeks away from revealing the new Navara Warrior, which will be based on the recently facelifted third-generation Navara’s existing Pro-4X flagship.
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Of course, the original Navara Warrior took the N-Trek grade of the pre-facelift version of the current Navara to the next level, with it built locally by Melbourne-based low-volume vehicle manufacturer Premcar.
As reported, the Nissan Australia-Premcar relationship will continue with the next Navara Warrior, which is all but confirmed to get the same or similar upgrades as its forebear at minimum.
These should include overhauled suspension, different wheels and all-terrain tyres, a hoopless steel bulbar, a stainless-steel underbody plate, a light bar and unique trim inside and out.
Following the precedent set by the first Navara Warrior, the new one is expected to stick with its 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine, with it mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed torque-converter automatic.
For reference, pioneering Navara Warrior was priced between $63,790 and $66,290 plus on-road costs. Stayed tuned for more details on its successor, which is due to go on sale later this year.