2020 Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior Review | Asian Car Guide
August 14, 2020

2020 Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior Review

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After the mass adoption of SUVs by families, businesses, and just those liking high-up views of the road and the extra space and safety factor of larger size, attention turned to a close relative, the 4 door twin cab Ute (or pickup truck, or just truck, as they are called in the US).

An open-top rear tray of course gives the flexibility of carrying a wider variety of cargo, especially useful for tradies, hauling tools and supplies, but also an alternative to the SUV for anyone thinking an open-top back is more useful than a closed one. (A useful ability is isolating a dog from the cabin).

The downside to being large is being harder to park and maneuver in traffic, so if you don’t really need it you might prefer a smaller car or hatch.

Toyota’s Hi-Lux and Ford’s Ranger usually compete for overall top vehicle sales in Australia these days. Other notable Utes are Nissan Navara, VW Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max, and a good deal more current and future entries to
consider.

Perhaps best off-road is Jeep Gladiator, but it’s about $20k more.

The 4 door 5 seat dual cab Nissan Navara, also known as Frontier and NP300 overseas, is produced in about 9 different countries and has existed for over 20 years, so you could say it’s well developed by now.

It was used as the basis for the previous luxury Mercedes X-Class Ute and Renault Alaskan.

A range of spec levels are offered for utes, and starting with Ford’s Ranger, one choice was very capable off-road workhorse.

The Ranger Raptor set benchmarks, special Fox racing suspension allowing go-fast over rough terrain. The trend is towards higher-spec utes, enhanced capabilities, functionality and styling.

So Nissan Australia worked with Aussie development and engineering experts, Premcar, to design, develop and test adaptions to Nissan’s premium N-Trek Dual Cab Pickup 4WD Navara.

Premcar now churns out the unique to Australia Warrior from their production line in Victoria’s Epping, north of Melbourne.

The Warrior is touted as Nissan’s toughest and most durable truck yet, tested on-road, off-road, over rough surfaces to ensure handling Australian terrain.

Unique suspension tuning and all-new springs and dampers improve off-road capability and also on-road ride and
handling – the most stylish and capable Navara ever.

It has been given bigger 32.2-inch Cooper All-Terrain Tyres and unique 17-inch alloy wheels, with 40 mm rise in suspension and ground clearance, to 268 mm, giving better approach and ramp break-over angles.

Bigger, more capable suspension has coil instead of more common leaf sprung rear, like the Ranger Raptor. Bigger wheels give a wider, planted stance.

Included are hill start assist, hill descent control, dual climate, reversing sensors, protective coating tub liner, roof rails, power-folding mirrors with integrated led lights, front fog light, push-button start, digital speedo.

Additional to suspension lift and all-terrain tyres, a range of features improve on N-TREK, including: front redesigned, with attention-grabbing hoopless, body-coloured steel bullbar and 470mm LED light bar, 3mm Stainless Steel Front Underbody Bash Protection, unique 17-inch black alloys, full-size spare wheel under the tray, and lots of stylising highlights.

Inherited from N-TREK are: updated 8-inch screen with Apple/Android, simulated overhead parking view and forward camera view.

Black – fender flares, alloy sports bar, LED headlamp bezels, rear vision mirrors dark orange accent, rear bumper, front grille, door handles, roof rails, Side steps with dark orange accent, Partial leather seats with dark orange fabric seat
inserts, Heated front seats, Dark orange accent stitched seats, centre console, front door armrests and steering wheel.

No off-road testing, but we found Warrior very enjoyable to drive on made roads, even with off-road capable tyres, with very good handling, cornering, absorption of bumps in the road, stylish and attention-grabbing to look at, well laid out inside, with lots of room and of course the extra height giving a really good look at the road around you.

Acceleration from the 2.3L twin-turbo intercooled diesel is adequate, all you need. This is Navara’s economic engine, with low consumption on long trips.

Service intervals are the same 12 months/20,000km.

The Warrior’s average annual cost is around $629 throughout the warranty period.

Specifications as tested:

  • Engine: 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder, Common rail, direct injected, intercooled twin turbo-diesel.
  • Maximum power: 140 kW @ 3750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 450 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 rpm
  • Transmission: Manual 6 speed, or Automatic 7 speed, Dual range 4×4 with electronic 4WD selection Transfer case
  • Overall Dimensions mm: H 1895, L 5385, W (excluding mirrors) 1920, WB 3150, Track 1600 mm,
  • Ground clearance: Unladen 268mm
  • Turning circle: 12.7metres,
  • Approach, Departure, Ramp break-over angles: 35° , 19° , 27.5°.
  • Kerb mass: 2180 kg
  • Trailer: braked 3500 kg, un-braked 750 kg
  • Tray Payload: 730 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres
  • Fuel consumption: combined 6.5 L/100km manual, 7 for Auto, CO₂ 172 g/km
  • Brakes: Ventilated disc front, Drum Rear
  • Suspension: Front – Independent double-wishbone with front stabiliser bar, Rear – 5-link, Spring, shock absorber
  • Steering – Rack & Pinion, Power Assisted
  • Colours: Slate Grey, Cosmic Black, White Diamond
  • Price: Manual 6 speed, 4X4 Drive Away Offer $64,490, Automatic 7 speed, 4X4 Drive Away Offer $66,990
  • Warranty – 5 Year, unlimited km.
  • Safety Rating, 5 star maintained from regular models.