Nissan Reveals Raptor Rival

2019 Nissan Navara N Trek Warrior 16

N-Trek Warrior is Navara for the wildest terrain. 

The Ford Raptor has proven that a market exists for dramatically styled double-cab bakkies with improved off-road ability.

Rampant demand for the Raptor has triggered interest from Ford’s bakkie rivals and Nissan has now reacted with a bolder version of its Navara.

It is called the Navara N-Trek Warrior and the launch market is Australia. Developed in only a year, this Nissan double-cab bakkie features bolder styling and some mechanical upgrades to improve its off-road ability.

The N-Trek Warrior exterior design is dominated by a new front bumper section which houses a steel bull-bar. There is also an LED light-bar, sourced from Hella, which sits atop the new front bumper.

Along the sides, you’ll notice fender extensions which make room for those 32-inch Cooper all-terrain tyres and the obligatory side-steps.

Orange is a detailing colour which has been applied to both the exterior and interior of this new Navara N-Trek Warrior.

The most important upgrade regards this bakkie’s suspension. Nissan has added new coil springs and dampers with a larger structure and more oil volume to each wheel corner, which can handle a lot more terrain impact at speed.  Ground clearance by a substantial 40mm, to 266mm.

Compare the numbers and this Navara N-Trek Warrior has better approach and departure angles than Ford’s Ranger Raptor, with 35-degrees of obstacle conquering ability at the front and 29-degrees trailing at the rear. The Ford only has an approach angle of 32.5-degrees and departure angle rated at 24-degrees.

Although the Navara N-Trek Warrior is powered by an unchanged version of Nissan’s 2.3-litre turbodiesel, boosting 140 kW and 450 Nm, its off-road ability should be prodigious. The extra floatation and grip provided by those 275/70 Cooper AT3 LT all-terrain tyres and additional ground clearance should make it very good in challenging off-road terrain.

In the event of owners who do use the increased off-road ability getting a touch to adventurous, Nissan has also added a 3mm steel underbody bash-plate to the N-Trek Warrior, keeping its sump and gearbox safe.

Nissan has committed to delivering the N-Trek Warrior to customers by December. With the product specification between South Africa and Australia being so close, one hope for local consideration on this new Navara product.

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