What's New? Nissan Navara SL Warrior 2022
OK, so have you heard about the Nissan Navara SL Warrior? It's got all the tough upgrades you could ever want: suspension that'll handle any bump, huge tyres that'll make other utes jealous, and a bunch of other bolt-ons that'll have you ready to tackle any off-road adventure.
And the best part? You don't have to break the bank to get it. It's perfect for the bloke who wants to upgrade his ride but doesn't want to spend a fortune. This ute is all killer. It's like a well-honed footy player, ready to smash through any obstacle in its way. Plus, it's got cloth seats and rubber flooring, so you can get down and dirty without worrying about messing up your ride.
And let's be real, who needs all that fancy tech anyway? This SL Warrior keeps it real with pared-back features that let you focus on the thrill of the ride. So if you're looking for a ride that'll make you feel like a true blue four-wheel driver, the Nissan Navara SL Warrior might just be your new best mate.
It may not be as performance-focused as say the Ford Ranger Raptor, but it's got something the Raptor doesn't: a price tag that won't make you go bankrupt! Got your attention now, don't I? Sure, the Ford Ranger Raptor might get you from 0-100km/h faster than an SL Warrior, but when it comes to off-roading, this bad boy can hold its own and save you over $26k in the process.
And that's not all. The Navara Warrior can handle a hefty 1024kg payload and has a full-fat 3500kg braked towing capacity, something that the Raptors don't even come close to. So if you're looking for a ute that's got some serious grunt without emptying your wallet, the Navara SL Warrior is your go-to.
You know the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior that's got all the bells and whistles? Well, the Navara SL Warrior is like its little brother. It may not have everything the Pro-4X has, but it's still a ripper ute.
And here's the best part. The Pro-4X Warrior will set you back a whopping $70,600 auto, but this SL Warrior is better than $10k cheaper. That's right, you can still get an awesome ride without having to sell your kidney to pay for it.
So, you've got two options - a 6-speed manual for $58,000 or a 7-speed auto for $60,500. Let's be real though, the automatic is the way to go. Now, you're probably wondering what you get for that price. Well, the SL Warrior may not have all the fancy interior stuff, but it's got the important bits. You've got some beefy Cooper Discoverer all-terrain tyres, upgraded suspension, bullbar, and steering bash plate. Plus, they've thrown in a bunch of other cool stuff like a 100kg GVM upgrade, high-clearance tow bar design, Warrior-style alloy wheels, and an LED light bar.
The bullbar on the SL Warrior is even winch-compatible and comes with hoops - a major improvement over the Pro-4X Warrior's hoop-less design. The body and interior are the same as the non-Warrior Navara SL, but who cares about that when you've got all this other good stuff?
Sure, the SL Warrior doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Pro-4X Warrior, but sometimes less is more, am I right? You won't get keyless entry, leather seats, or electric adjustment. And forget about interior carpeting, LED headlights, or a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter. Who needs 'em anyway, right?
The infotainment display is missing a few features and they've removed things like rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, illuminated vanity mirrors, 360-degree cameras, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and tyre pressure monitoring. But let's be real, for the budget conscious, those things don't really matter.
When you jump into the Warrior's cabin, you'll find it's all classic Navara goodness. Sure, it's a base model, but who needs fancy leather when you've got practicality and storage to spare?
The seating position is decently high, which is great for spotting those pesky potholes ahead. However, it doesn't offer much adjustment, but let's face it, you're not trying to compete in the Grand Prix. You won't be doing any reaching for the stars either, as there's no reach adjustment on the steering column.
The interior is a mix of hard plastics, cloth, and vinyl materials that look like they can handle the abuse of both weekday work and weekend adventures. There's not a lot of underthigh support either. Overall, the Navara SL Warrior's no-frills approach means you're getting a solid, reliable ute that won't break the bank. So save your cash for more important things, like snagging a cold one after a long day off-roading.
Alright mate, let's talk about what's inside the Navara Warrior. Up front, there's a USB and 12V power outlet for your phone and wallet, with another set (including a USB-C port) stashed away in the centre console. Keep in mind, if you've got a plus-sized phone, it might not fit too comfortably in the storage slot.
The button blanks in front of the cupholders are a reminder that you didn't splash out for a top-of-the-line model. But don't worry, they'll come in handy if you're thinking about decking your Navara out with some sweet accessories like a winch, extra lights, or some 12V gear.
In the back seat, the Navara is pretty spacious for a dual-cab ute. While there aren't any power outlets for your passengers, there are air vents to keep everyone cool. Leg and headroom is on par with other utes in the same league, and there are spots for bottles in the doors. The storage slot below the air vents is a bit small, but there's a fold-down armrest in the middle that frees up a bit of space.
As for the tub, it comes with a drop-in-style liner and four tie-down points. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the flashy sports bar found in the more expensive models. You won't find an adjustable load rail or power outlet in there either, but hey, that's the trade-off you make for a bit of extra cash in your wallet.
The infotainment system in the Warrior is tops! The 8.0-inch display is upgraded to Nissan's latest and greatest, and even though SL Warrior doesn't have native navigation or digital radio, it still packs some serious punch. With wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can stay connected while you cruise around town. Plus, the user interface is as easy as a Sunday morning. With buttons on each side of the screen, and two dials for volume and tuning, you won't have any trouble finding your way around the infotainment system.
Another sweet feature is the 7.0-inch colour multifunction display in front of the driver. This display is clear as day and won't leave you squinting or guessing. So, crank up the tunes and enjoy the ride!
The Nissan Navara got a top five-star ANCAP safety score way back in 2015, when they weren't as strict as they are now. The Navara's got seven airbags and features like autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning, which is a good start.
But if you're looking for all the bells and whistles, this SL-spec Navara, including the Warrior model, might leave you feeling a little short-changed in the safety department. Lane-departure warning (and collision avoidance), blind-spot monitoring (and avoidance), rear cross-traffic alert, and tyre pressure monitoring are some of the goodies missing from this budget-friendly model.
And if you're a bit of a nervous parker, you might want to look elsewhere because the Navara SL Warrior is missing reverse parking sensors and a fancy surround-view camera system.
Also, it's important to note that the Navara (along with a few other cars) will lose its five-star ANCAP safety rating at the end of the year, but that doesn't mean the car will suddenly become a danger zone.
If you're thinking about keeping your Navara in top shape, Nissan's got you covered with their pre-paid service calculator. For three years (or 45,000km), you'll be looking at shelling out $1753, or $2860 for five years (or 75,000km). That comes out to around $575 a year for servicing, which might make your wallet cry a little. But hey, keeping your ute running smoothly is worth it, right?
And don't forget to budget for insurance - for a 37-year-old bloke in Melbourne, VIC, you're looking at around $1455.34 for a year of coverage. Keep in mind that your mileage may vary depending on where you live, how you drive, and other personal factors.
Nissan's 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine is a bit of a gas-guzzler, using an extra turbocharger to make up for the low engine capacity. The 7-speed automatic gearbox in the Navara makes it one of the most fuel-efficient 4WD utes out there.
But, the SL Navara comes with some beefy all-terrain tyres and extra accessories, which could take a toll on its efficiency compared to the standard Navara. The Navara uses just 7.9 litres per hundred kilometres, which is a massive bonus when cruising around town, and hitting the highway.
The SL Warrior sits 40mm higher than your average Navara, with a wider track thanks to its new wheels. And despite what you might think, the extra height actually makes for a smoother ride on the road, soaking up those bigger bumps with ease. The steering's pretty good too, still using hydraulics to keep it feeling connected.
Under the bonnet, the 2.3-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine feels strong and pairs up nicely with the seven-speed auto gearbox. It's only when you're cruising on the highway and trying to overtake that it starts to struggle a bit.
Off-road is where this bad boy really shines though. With its good torque and gearing, it crawls over tricky obstacles with ease, thanks to a crawl ratio of 44.5:1. The extra ground clearance and taller tyres make a big difference too, giving you more confidence on rough terrain.
All in all, this is one of the best off-road utes you can get straight from the showroom floor, only really beaten by the Ranger Raptor and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
It's missing the ability to select different driving modes. With a locked rear differential, great traction control, and balanced suspension, this ute is already a force to be reckoned with off-road. The attention to detail is pretty sweet too. The rear differential has a shape that complements ground clearance, and there are no side steps or leaf spring perches to get hung up on. This makes it genuinely one of the best utes off-road.
And when it comes to higher-speed off-road driving, the Navara SL Warrior shines. It may not keep up with a Ford Ranger Raptor, but it's way more capable, comfortable, and composed than your average ute on rough dirt roads and fire trails. If you're the kind of bloke who loves exploring the Australian outback, this ute is a top choice.
SHOULD I BUY ONE?
The SL Warrior is a true-blue masterpiece, and let me tell you, it's a bloody ripper! Sure, it's missing some fancy-pants safety gizmos, but who needs that when you've got top-notch suspension upgrades and bloody good rubber?
The Navara might be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still a comfy ride, and the steering's pretty sweet for a ute. And with the Warrior treatment, the coil-spring suspension at all four corners is even better.
Now, I know some folks out there might scoff and say the Ranger Raptor is the king of off-roaders, but this Navara is no slouch. The suspension and tyre upgrades are spot-on, and the GVM upgrade and redesigned tow bar make it a proper workhorse. It's even got a payload of a thousand kilos and can tow up to 3.5 tonnes – not too shabby, eh?
The real competition for this beast will come from Navara owners and the aftermarket scene. But for just over $10K, we reckon the changes are fair dinkum value for money. And let's not forget the little things, like the GVM upgrade – every little bit counts.
In conclusion, the Navara SL Warrior is an impressive and capable ute that delivers a solid all-around driving experience. With its suspension upgrades, taller wheels, and other modifications, it excels off-road and delivers a more comfortable ride on-road as well. Despite its age, the Navara platform remains a strong contender in the competitive ute market, and the Warrior treatment makes it even better. With its impressive payload and towing capacity, it's a great choice for those who need a vehicle that can handle both professional and recreational activities. Overall, the Navara SL Warrior is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a reliable and capable ute that can handle any challenge thrown its way.
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