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2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior review: Australian launch

Article from Drive.

The second iteration of the Nissan Navara Warrior has finally arrived. Here’s what it’s like to drive.

What we loveWhat we don’t
Tough-truck looksLacks radar cruise control, speed sign recognition
Turn-key solution with improved off-road abilUnderdone brakes, off-road tyres slippery in the wet
Excellent low- and high-beam LED headlightsFuzzy camera display, day or night
Relatively quiet off-road tyresHigh driver’s seating position
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Introduction

Meet the 2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior, the hardcore off-road version of the recently updated Navara ute range.

As with its predecessor, the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior released in 2019, the Pro-4X Warrior comes with locally engineered upgrades fitted to vehicles in a final assembly facility in Melbourne – after the donor vehicle is shipped from Thailand, and before the final product is trucked to Nissan dealerships across the country.

While about 250 examples have already arrived in Australian showrooms or are in customer hands, this is the first chance we’ve had to get behind the wheel of the new model due to border closures amid coronavirus lockdowns. 

The Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior is Nissan’s answer to the Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and falls somewhere between these two rivals in terms of upgrades.

The Ford Ranger Raptor gains the biggest changes among this trio – including bulging fenders, Fox shocks, BFGoodrich K02 off-road tyres, four-wheel disc brakes, sports seats, and paddle shifters.

The Toyota HiLux Rugged X has heavy-duty tow points, rock sliders, a heavy-duty sports bar, underbody protection, and a hoopless bullbar with an embedded LED light strip – but the suspension and tyre package is the same as a Toyota HiLux SR5 when equipped with a Toyota bullbar. 

The Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior comes with uprated suspension (now painted red, though not Fox shocks) and more aggressive off-road tyres (though not BFGoodrich).

It also gains a wider stance (by virtue of a unique offset for the 17-inch wheels, which carry over from before), as well as heavy-duty tow points, underbody protection, and a purpose-built hoopless bullbar with an embedded LED light strip (as per the Toyota HiLux Rugged X).

None of these flagship utes have any extra power from their four-cylinder turbo diesel engines, because the investment in finding a few extra kilowatts and committing to a new round of emissions tests are deemed prohibitively expensive.

Instead, these models are about improving off-road ability – and ratcheting up the tough-truck looks.

Key details2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior
Price (RRP)$67,490 (manual), $69,990 (auto) plus on-road costs
ColoursStealth Grey
Black Star
White Diamond
OptionsNone
Price as tested$69,990 plus on-road costs
RivalsFord Ranger Raptor | Toyota HiLux Rugged X | Volkswagen Amarok W580
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Inside

The 2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior has the same cabin treatment as the Pro-4X on which it’s based.

That means leather seats with Pro-4X stitching on the head rests, Pro-4X stitching on the carpet floor mats, plus the redesigned steering wheel and new 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster that came with the most recent Navara update.

Only the driver’s power window switch has one-touch auto-up operation (the Toyota HiLux and VW Amarok have this convenience on all four power windows) and the steering wheel has tilt adjustment only (not tilt and reach, as per the HiLux and Amarok).

A common complaint from us (and some Nissan Navara owners): the driver’s seat is too high, even in its lowest setting. That said, you eventually get used to it, after a week or so. But it’s still not as comfortable as, say, a VW Amarok or Ford Ranger.

Dual-zone air-conditioning is part of the package, and there are plenty of charge ports (one USB-A and one 12V socket in the centre console, and one USB-A and one 12V socket in the lower section of the dash in front of the gear lever).

There are also rear air vents and a USB port for back-seat passengers.

The Warrior comes with the sensor key with push-button start, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and factory tinted rear windows – with sliding rear window opening – from other high-end Navara models.

Despite the recent updates, the cabin is starting to look a little dated against the newer competition. Be sure to take it on a decent test drive to check the driver’s seat is comfortable for you.

2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior
SeatsFive
Length5440mm (+90mm versus standard vehicle)
Width1965mm (+45mm versus standard vehicle)
Height1935mm (+40mm versus standard vehicle)
Wheelbase3150mm
Clearance36 degrees approach, 19 degrees departure, 26.2 degrees ramp-over
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Infotainment and Connectivity

The 8.0-inch infotainment screen includes Apple Car Play, Android Auto, digital radio, AM/FM and embedded navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay (standard on Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50) is not available.

A 360-degree camera view (including rear-view camera) is standard; however, the resolution is poor by modern standards, especially at night. Nissan would be well-advised to add higher-definition cameras on a subsequent update. Previous

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Safety and Technology

Seven airbags are standard, and the Nissan Navara holds a five-star safety rating from 2015.

While autonomous emergency braking has been added with the most recent update, the Nissan Navara lacks a number of advanced safety aids.

The 2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior lacks radar cruise control, speed sign recognition, and a centre airbag between the front seats (features that are standard on new-generation utes such as the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50). But it does come with useful tech such as blind-zone warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

In terms of crash protection – after the airbags have been deployed – the Nissan Navara offers similar occupant safety to other utes in the class such as the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

Worth noting in the safety section is the driving dynamics. While all double-cab utes on all-terrain tyres can be dicey on slippery wet roads, the Nissan Navara Pro-4X’s aggressive Cooper off-road rubber requires patience and full attention in adverse on-road conditions.

The front brake discs are small by ute standards and could struggle when trying to pull up a combination with a 3500kg trailer on the rear. For now, Nissan says it has no plan to update the Navara’s underdone brakes.

2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior
ANCAP ratingFive stars (tested 2015)
Safety reportANCAP report
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Value for Money

When it went on sale in December 2019, the original Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior launched at $62,990 drive-away for the six-speed manual and $65,490 drive-away for the seven-speed automatic.

The 2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior has had a price bump of almost $10,000, even though the ingredients are similar (though reworked for the new model).

As this launch review was published, there was no drive-away pricing offer on the Nissan Australia website. The RRP is listed at $67,490 plus on-road costs for the six-speed manual and $69,990 plus on-road costs for the seven-speed automatic.

These prices translate roughly to $72,500 drive-away and $73,990 drive-away, depending on stamp duties in each state (set by state governments), and dealer delivery fees (set by each dealer) – and are about $10,000 dearer than the original Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior.

Dealer delivery fees vary dramatically and, amid the current stock shortages affecting the global automotive industry, some dealers are being opportunistic and bumping up delivery fees because it is pure profit to them, so be sure to shop around. 

Here’s hoping Nissan Australia publishes national drive-away prices on the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior soon, as it has done with the rest of the updated Navara range.

As a guide, as this article was published, the regular Nissan Navara Pro-4X (non-Warrior model) was $63,790 drive-away for the six-speed manual and $65,290 drive-away for the seven-speed auto.

Using our drive-away pricing estimates for the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior, as this article was published it was on par with the Toyota HiLux Rugged X (about $75,000 drive-away according to the Toyota website) and about $10,000 less than the Ford Ranger Raptor X (about $85,000 drive-away according to the Ford website).

We reckon the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior needs to be priced closer to the previous N-Trek Warrior given it lacks a range of technology that is standard on most rivals.

Of course, price is just one consideration when weighing up these utes. And buyers place different priorities on the different ingredients of these vehicles.

However, it is also worth noting the service prices of the Nissan Navara ($1744 over three years) are higher than for the Toyota HiLux ($1560 over three years, or $260 per service every six months) and Ford Ranger ($897 over three years, or $299 per service every 12 months).

At a glance2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior
WarrantyFive years / unlimited km
Service intervals12 months / 20,000km
Servicing costs$1744 (3 years) | $2304 (4 years) | $2847 (5 years)
Fuel cons. (claimed)7.5L/100km
Fuel cons. (on test)8.0L/100km
Fuel typeDiesel
Fuel tank size80L

Driving

With the facelifted and updated Nissan Navara range released in the first half of 2021, top-end models are equipped with better sound-deadening material, so it’s a slightly quieter driving experience than before. That said, it’s still a diesel double-cab ute, so the word ‘refinement’ is a relative term.

Diehard ute fans might think we are being hard markers, but the reality is these off-road workhorses are getting closer to family cars and SUVs with every iteration. So expectations from customers – and car reviewers – are high.

Good points? The Nissan Navara Pro-4X is definitely a step-up in terms of on-road and off-road driving, with the exception of wet-weather grip.

The 275/70R17 Cooper Discoverer All Terrain AT3s are exceptional off-road and work well on dry tarmac, but they are dicey on wet sealed roads, so be sure to proceed with caution. Especially in roundabouts.

The suspension is well-tuned and dispatches with bumps with ease – controlling the shock absorber movement before it tops out. It’s busy rather than firm, and you can feel the contour of the road, which makes the driver feel more connected to what’s happening under the vehicle.

The new bi-LED headlights have a superb spread of light on low and high beam, which is great on dark country roads.

The approach, departure, and ramp-over angles are all improved compared to the standard Nissan Navara (Pro-4X Warrior stats are 36 degrees approach, 19 degrees departure, 26.2 degrees ramp-over).

And, boy, does it look the part. These photos don’t do it justice.

Bad points? The brakes are small by modern ute standards and, even though the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior has benefited from local upgrades, the front disc/rear drum brake set-up is one area of improvement yet to be explored.

Driven normally and without a load, the brakes are fine. But long downhill sections begin to induce brake fade, which is certain to only get worse once there is a trailer on the back or a decent load in the tray.

The twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel is okay, but it has the same output as the standard Navara (140kW/450Nm) and could do with a bit more grunt (as is the case with all four-cylinder diesel utes). The TDV6 Volkswagen Amarok really is in a class of its own – until the TDV6 Ford Ranger comes along next year, that is.

The seven-speed auto is smooth enough for the daily grind, although it can be indecisive at times.

Our main complaint with the transmission is off-road. When in low-range, the transmission’s electronics won’t allow you to go from second to first until you’re almost at a dead stop, or stopped. Other 4WD utes are more lenient.

In many other regards, the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior is middle of the road.

The fuel economy rating label says 7.5L/100km, but we saw an average of 8.0L/100km with a mix of freeway driving and some light off-road work (we reset it after the gnarly stuff to get a fairer indication). This is par for the class.

And the off-road upgrades are worthwhile, even if they might seem minor on the surface. Nissan has sweat the details – and validated and torture-tested the components developed and fitted locally by Premcar (the former outfit behind Ford Performance Vehicles).

For the record, the differences between the original N-Trek Warrior and the new Pro-4X Warrior are as follows: revised front and rear shocks and springs (to accommodate new payload requirements), a new hoopless bullbar, and new underbody protection.

The new suspension (softer at the front and firmer at the rear than the previous Navara Warrior) and front bash plate are painted red.

The uprated twin-tube shock absorbers are 20 per cent larger in diameter for better cooling, consistency, and durability on rough roads.

The wheels and tyres – which deliver a wider track – are carried over from before, but the whole package was retested and revalidated with the new suspension. The wheels were designed, developed and tested by former Ford Performance Vehicles designers.

Key details2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior
EngineTwin-turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel
Power140kW @ 3750rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1500-2500rpm
Drive typeFour-wheel drive
TransmissionSix-speed manual
Seven-speed torque convertor automatic
Weight2289kg / 2298kg (manual / auto)
Gross combination mass5910kg
Gross vehicle mass3250kg (+100kg versus standard vehicle)
Tow rating3500kg braked / 750kg unbraked

Conclusion

The 2022 Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior will appeal to ute buyers who want tough-truck looks, better off-road performance – or both.

It’s a turn-key solution, with locally engineered, locally fitted – and locally tested – off-road upgrades that offer the peace of mind of Nissan’s five-year warranty, rather than running the gauntlet with non-genuine aftermarket bolt-on parts.

The Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior is missing some key ingredients that are taken for granted on other utes in this price range, it lacks the refinement of some rivals, and the too-tall driving position won’t suit all tastes.

But it closes the gap to the capability of the Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and for some buyers that’s all that matters.

If Nissan could sharpen the pencil – and get the Navara Pro-4X Warrior closer to the Navara N-Trek Warrior’s original price – it would be a more compelling proposition.

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