It's a heck of a lot more rugged than the Frontier PRO-4X we get here.
As far as off-road trucks go, Ford's Raptors – Ranger and F-150 – are pretty much in a league of their own. But that doesn't mean its competitors aren't gunning for 'em, like Nissan is with this latest amped-up pickup.
Developed specifically for the market Down Under and its expansive outback terrain, the new Navara N-Trek Warrior is the result a joint project between Nissan Australia and the specialists at Premcar, an offshoot of British race-engineering consultancy Prodrive. And their combined efforts have led to one heck of a tough-looking truck.
The Warrior is based on the Navara N-Trek Dual Cab 4WD pickup, which was already an impressively focused version of the Frontier's overseas counterpart. But Nissan and Premcar has taken it even further, focusing particularly on where the truck meets the terrain.
For starters, they fitted upgraded springs and dampers with a 15-millimeter (0.6-inch) lift. With the giant 32.2-inch Cooper all-terrain tires fitted on 17-inch black alloys, it rides 40 mm (1.57 inches) higher than the standard pickup. Drivers can switch between the softer primary spring rate for use on the road, or a more "progressive" secondary rate for when the going gets tough.
They didn't stop at the suspension and tires, though. Nissan and Premcar also fitted a hoopless, body-colored steel bullbar, 3-mm stainless-steel front underbody protection, 470-mm LED light bar, a larger towbar, full-size spare, dark-orange fog lamp bezels, a full decal package, and blacked out everything else – including the fenders, sports bar, headlamp bezels, side steps, mirror caps, rear bumper, front grille, door handles, and roof rails.
Perhaps best of all, it's fully signed-off on by Nissan, and comes with a full five-year warranty. Now if only the manufacturer would offer something like this in America, where the not-quite-as-rugged Frontier PRO-4X remains the most hardcore model in Nissan's lineup.