Nissan Australia builds a Warrior that takes down Raptors
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Ram was the first to resort to Ford's line of Raptor trucks when releasing the mighty 1500 TRX in 2020. Nissan is the second. It leaves the F-150 alone and targets the smaller, Ranger-based model sold overseas with a dune hopper Navara being jointly built by its Australian division and engineering firm Premcar.
Don't be surprised if the Navara nameplate doesn't ring: Nissan has never sold the model in America. Overseas, the badge identifies a sturdy, universal truck that is roughly the same size as our Frontier. Both trucks were very closely related until 2014 when the 10 year old model sold worldwide was replaced and our variant of the truck continued - it will still be available in 2021. It's the updated model Nissan is counting on to dethrone Ford.
Designed and built in Australia, the Warrior stands above the standard Navara with a special front bumper that increases the approach angle, a sturdy underrun protection plate that protects the mechanical components, additional lighting and a lift that looks like a suspension. Nissan isn't quite ready to reveal the full list of changes it's made to the truck just yet; its engineers are still working with premcars to make the final round of tweaks, but it's a build that looks promising.
"Twin Turbo" graphics on the doors suggest the power comes from Nissan's 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel engine. It's a four-cylinder that produces 190 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in production, though Premcar may have increased those numbers. It turns all four wheels, probably via an automatic transmission. By comparison, the Ranger Raptor sold overseas vessels with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that developed 213 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Pickups are increasingly being bought by drivers who are looking for a comfortable SUV with a cargo box that is suitable for everyday use. Nissan is capitalizing on this trend by adding a long list of features to the Warrior, which includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and a forward collision warning. The Warrior is hardcore, but it's soft inside.
All details on the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior will be revealed in the coming months, and sales in Australia are likely to begin before the end of the year. Nothing to suggest the Warrior will reach our shores where the standard Navara and its main rival aren't sold, but it could inspire Nissan to give the new Frontier similar treatment.
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