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July 1, 2021

Nissan Spills The Deets On The 2022 Navara PRO-4X Warrior

After showing it undergoing real-world validation testing, Nissan has finally released more details on the “world’s toughest Navara”—the 2021 Navara PRO-4X Warrior.

The Navara PRO-4X Warrior features improved capability in all aspects enabling it to, in Nissan’s words, go anywhere, cross everything, and climb anything.

It begins with a ride-height increase; by improving ground clearance from 220mm to 260mm, the Warrior immediately improves off-road capability. The approach angle has also improved, from 32 degrees to 36 degrees, and while departure angle remains almost identical—from 19.8 degrees in the PRO-4X to 19 degrees in the new Warrior. The Navara PRO-4X Warrior achieves its impressive figure with the fitment of standard bull bar and a full-sized spare tire.

Underneath, the revised suspension setup increases ground clearance while providing a more compliant ride and better handling whether on or off-road.

Modifications to the spring rate deliver better handling by providing more front-end support and less body roll, while the front damper has less low-speed damping to deliver a more compliant ride with increased road isolation.

The high-speed rebound and compression rates at the front have also been increased by around 50 percent and 100 percent respectively over the PRO-4X to deliver greater control of the wheel and to prevent bottoming or topping out over larger impacts. Meanwhile, the rear dampers’ low-speed control has been increased to reduce float in the rear of the vehicle when towing or carrying a load. Rebound damping has also been increased by more than 50 percent to improve handling stability, while compression damping has also been improved.

The Warrior’s new jounce bumper is also now larger and taller and engages the chassis rail earlier in the suspension travel, while delivering a more progressive rate, controlling the wheel movement at maximum suspension travel.

The outcome is a more compliant and softer transfer of energy into the chassis, controlling the wheel and suspension more effectively, and significantly improving the harshness and noise transfer into the chassis and cabin over rough road conditions.

The vehicle’s track has also been widened, from 1,570mm to 1,600mm, not just giving the new Warrior a wider, tougher stance, but also producing better handling, cornering capability and stability.

The tough upgrades continue from there, with a new winch-compatible, body-colored Safari-style bull bar with integrated light bar. This integrates perfectly with the Navara’s extensive safety systems. A new ‘Navara’ branded red bash plate and a 3-mm steel second-stage protection plate provide absolute peace of mind when off-road, as do the 275/70 R17 Cooper Discoverer All Terrain AT3 tires.

The tougher rubber offers increased tread depth, and an off-road focused tread pattern setup for 70 percent road and sand, 30 percent dirt and mud, and is designed with a scalloped shoulder, high-tensile steel, and whisper groove shields that further reduce road noise.

Engine-wise, the Navara PRO-4X Warrior remains unchanged from the standard PRO-4X, although careful engineering has kept most of the pickup truck’s capabilities. Its gross vehicle mass is up 100 kilograms (now at 3,250 kilograms), yet payload is rated at 961 kilograms—a mere 5.2 percent reduction over the standard PRO-4X.

Despite its tough credentials, Nissan says no NVH degradation was recorded during its on-road tests.

Like the rest of the Navara family, the PRO-4X Warrior is equipped with a new 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist instrument cluster display, along with a high-contrast 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The newly introduced PRO-4X grade comes with its own distinctive, athletic look with a black Nissan emblem, a black front bumper and black grille, door handles, roof racks and running boards accented by 17-inch black wheels and all-terrain tires. The PRO-4X takes the design up another notch with lively, red accents, a tint inspired by the color of magma, contrasted with the dark grille, wheels, and mirror caps.

The Warrior also adopts the Navara’s impressive safety equipment, which essentiality create a 360-degree safety shield for the vehicle, helping protect the driver and passengers from potential risks and delivering peace of mind.

So far, the Nissan PRO-4X Warrior will be sold in Australia. No word whether other markets will get the Warrior treatment as well.

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