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Nissan’s upcoming Navara PRO-4X Warrior has been revealed in images published by Melbourne-based engineering firm Premcar.
Though the pictures appear to be rendered mock-ups of the yet-to-be-official-unveiled flagship ute, it appears that much of the equipment developed for the 2019 N-Trek Warrior will be carried over.
Using the PRO-4X as a basis, the Warrior version adds an integrated bulbar with lighting strip, as well as a contrasting front scuff plate with model-specific branding.
The fenders are also beefed up with black-plastic extensions, while tucked in beneath the arches are new-look wheels shod in Cooper all-terrain tyres.
The PRO-4X’s sports bar, roof rails and side steps also appear to carryover to the Warrior grade unchanged.
To finish of the look, decals are added along the ute’s flanks, including one emblazoned with ‘twin turbo’ that alludes the Navara Pro-4X Warrior’s expected 2.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel powerplant, which delivers 140kW/450Nm under the bonnet of the standard Nissan ute range.
Details on the new model are still to be confirmed, but also expect a change in suspension and increased underbody protection to make the PRO-4X Warrior into “the world’s toughest Navara”, according to Premcar.
Inside, most equipment should also carryover from the donor PRO-4X car, including leather-accented upholstery, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 7.0-inch driver display, and powered windows and door mirrors.
However, expect Premcar to unique touches like bespoke floor mats or unique seat stitching to stand the Warrior apart from the PRO-4X.
The safety systems found on high-end Navaras are also expected to be retained for the PRO-4X Warrior, which includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view monitor, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, high beam assist, driver attention alert, cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers.
Nissan Australia is expected to confirm these details in the coming weeks, along with pricing of the PRO-4X Warrior.
For reference, the PRO-4X ute, which is offered exclusively in 4x4 dual-cab form, is priced at $59,790 before on-road costs and $61,290 for the manual and automatic versions respectively.
As such, expect the Warrior to nudge closer to $65,000, much like the outgoing N-Trek Warrior that was priced at $63,490 (manual) and $65,990 (auto).
Premcar says 35 staff members were involved in brining the PRO-4X Warrior to fruition, including former Holden and Ford workers.
Premcar principal engineer of body systems Mark Doody said: “Our workfoce is truly global in its outlook.”
"When Holden and Ford were downsizing, Premcar saw it as an opportunity to bring in some new blood, with new ideas.
“In the rest of the world, there can be movement of engineers across car companies, but in Australia, that didn’t happen quite so much,” he said.
“I think having that experience from different manufacturers and different backgrounds helps to expand the capability and quality of our workforce.”