Nissan has unveiled an exclusive halo version of its Navara ute called the Navara N-Trek Warrior. Developed in Australia exclusively for the local market, the Navara N-Trek features a range of engineering enhancements and changes that deliver the most stylish and capable Navara ever.
With ute buyers moving towards higher spec utes with enhanced capabilities, functionality and styling, Nissan Australia worked with automotive product development and engineering experts, Premcar, to develop, engineer, manufacture and validate a halo grade Navara – which sits above the recently unveiled Navara N-Trek.
Based on the Nissan Navara N-Trek Dual Cab Pickup 4WD, and including the recently announced series four updates – including the new 8-inch infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – Premcar delved deep under the metal to enhance the suspension, including off-road capable springs and dampers, resulting in a 15mm lift to the vehicle. Adding 32.2-inch Cooper All-Terrain tyres increases ride height by a further 25mm – for a total 40mm lift.
Hiring 40 people – with engineering and local manufacturing experience – to work exclusively on N-Trek Warrior, and establishing a dedicated manufacturing facility in Epping, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Premcar sourced a range of parts from top tier OEM level suppliers, including a hoopless body colour steel bullbar with integrated 470mm LED light bar, to toughen up the look of the exterior.
Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior Suspension & tyre changes
The Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior incorporates a number of updates to the suspension via the springs, dampers and front jounce bumpers, that not only help lift the vehicle by 40mm, but make this vehicle unique to Australia.
The initial focus was on lifting the front and rear suspension and including a larger diameter 32.2-inch all-terrain tyre to enhance the Navara’s off-road capabilities and better negotiate rougher terrain.
Nissan’s approach was to ensure that the suspension upgrades did not result in any reduction in vehicle attributes such as durability, safety and comfort.
To maintain the five year warranty, the suspension changes were designed, implemented and tested to ensure that no excessive additional loads were passed into the vehicle’s chassis, and all ball joint, tie rod and drive shaft angles did not exceed the design limits.
For the N-Trek Warrior, Nissan opted for a softer primary spring for ride comfort and off road articulation, with a higher but more progressive secondary rate to maintain composure and performance – both in cornering, heavy duty off-roading, when laden and when towing.
In addition, the increased spring length takes the larger wheel and tyre further away from the body, providing ample clearance for the 32.2-inch Cooper all terrain tyres.
The dampers were upgraded from the Nissan original equipment part to provide added compression damping on top of the piston for quicker response.
The outer tube diameter is larger with greater oil volume to improve cooling and rough road capability. The piston rod diameter has been increased to improve strength.
Both front and rear dampers have a unique internal valve code tuned by Premcar to match the springs and tyres.
A comprehensive damper tuning program was carried out to lift all attributes – ride, handling, steering response, cornering balance and body control.
The updates to the suspension contribute to an overall lift of the vehicle by 40mm and result in better ride, better control in transient conditions, more control off road, more stability during both laden and unladen handling maneuvers and a better steering response.
New front jounce bumpers are larger, taller and engage the chassis rail earlier in the suspension travel, but at a more progressive rate.
This controls wheel movement at maximum suspension travel and achieves a more compliant and softer transfer of energy into the chassis, significantly improving the harshness and noise transfer into the chassis and cabin over rough road conditions.
The Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior maintains Navara’s 3.5 tonne towing capacity. Pricing for the N-Trek Warrior will be announced closer to its launch in early December
Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior Parts & Accessories
In addition to the suspension lift and all-terrain tyre changes on the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior, the vehicle also comes with a range of features which improve both functionality and capability over and above the N-Trek model, including:
- Hoopless, body coloured steel bullbar
- 3mm Stainless Steel Front Underbody Protection
- Integrated 470mm LED light bar
- Unique 17-inch black alloy wheels (downsized from N-Trek 18-inch alloy wheels to accommodate larger, off road tyres)
- Unique Towbar cross member (The towbar has been re-engineered to fit the full size spare wheel and accommodate increased ride height)
- Matching full size spare wheel and tyre (with underbody accommodations to aid spare wheel fitment)
- Dark orange accented fog lamp bezel with integrated “bark buster” “Navara” tailgate decal
- N-Trek Warrior decal package N-Trek Warrior embroidered front headrest
- Dark orange accented floor mats
- Unique plastic components specific to N-Trek Warrior
As carry over from the N-Trek model, the following accessories are also standard on the N-Trek Warrior:
- Black fender flares
- Black alloy sports bar
- Black LED headlamp bezels
- Black side steps w/ dark orange accent
- Black rear vision mirror caps w/ dark orange accent
- Black rear bumper
- Black front grille
- Black door handles
- Black roof rails
- Partial leather seats with dark orange fabric seat inserts
- Heated front seats
- Dark orange accent stitching throughout seats, centre console, front door armrests and steering wheel