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2022 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior upgraded to permanent status to tackle Toyota HiLux Rugged X, Mazda BT-50 Lightning and Ford Ranger Wildtrak X

The Navara PRO-4X Warrior scores a number of upgrades from local engineering firm Premcar.

Nissan’s new Navara PRO-4X Warrior won’t be constrained by limited supply like its N-Trek Warrior predecessor, with Premcar expected to pump out 1500 units of the flagship ute per year for the foreseeable future.

Only 1400 examples of the Navara N-Trek Warrior were made from 2019, but Nissan believes its new tough truck has the legs to last the rest of the current third-generation model’s lifecyle, expected to be another 2-3 years given its most recently update in early 2021.

The PRO-4X Warrior is targeting the likes of the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, Mazda BT-50 Thunder and Ford Ranger Wildtrak X, though pricing is yet to surface for the new Nissan model.

Expect it to be competitive against its rivals though, with a sub-$70,000 price expected given the N-Trek Warrior was positioned at $62,990 drive-away and $65,490 for the manual and automatic versions respectively.

As we’ve previously reported, the new Navara flagship uses the PRO-4X grade as a base and adds a number of enhancements aimed at making the ute more capable in an off-road setting.

New suspension is fitted, increasing ground clearance by 40mm to 260mm and approach angle by four degrees to 36 degrees, while departure angle drops 0.9 degrees to 19 degrees with the fitment of a full-size spare wheel and tow bar.

Lightweight 17-inch wheels are also fitted, shod in Cooper all-terrain tyres, which also increase track width by 30mm to 1600mm.

The front of the car is reworked with an integrated Safari-style steel bulbar that is now winch compatible and features a 16-LED lightbar

Underneath, Premcar has beefed-up underbody protection, while a contrasting bash plate features up front, stamped with ‘Navara’ branding.

Powering the Navara PRO-4X Warrior is a carryover 2.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel engine, outputting 140kW/450Nm to all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission.

However, Premcar has managed to upgrade GVM by 100kg to 3250kg, meaning a payload capacity of 961kg and 952kg for the manual and automatic vehicles respectively. Braked towing remains at 3.5 tonnes.

Other changes include new Warrior-branded headrests and exterior decals.

With these additions, the PRO-4X Warrior also retains much equipment found in its donor vehicle, including a 7.0-inch driver display, unique front grille, roof racks, sports bar and fully loaded 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen.

Safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning, lane departure warning, driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a surround-view monitor are also fitted as standard on the PRO-4X Warrior.

A firm launch date is yet to be set for the Navara PRO-4X Warrior, but Nissan Australia is expecting the new flagship ute to hit local showrooms in the coming months.