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Nissan Navara SL Warrior VS Navara Pro-4X Warrior: what’s the difference?

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

There is a $10,000 difference between the two, but is the new Navara SL Warrior as well equipped as its bigger sibling?


With the full reveal of the newest Warrior off-road weapon – the Navara SL Warrior – it makes us wonder: how different is it to its big brother, the Navara Pro-4X Warrior, and what might you lose for its $10k saving?

The new SL Warrior is priced at $58,000 before on-road costs for the manual version and $60,500 for the automatic, while the higher-grade ST-X based Pro-4X Navara Warrior starts from $68,090 for a manual and $70,590 for an automatic. 

The newest Warrior addition, the SL, will be available in Nissan showrooms from August 2022. 

Nissan Navara SL Warrior front 3/4 driving
The Nissan Navara SL Warrior
The Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior

Diving into the spec sheet for both off-road Warrior utes

Both utes are fitted with the same 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque

Both vehicles are the exact same length (5350mm) and have the same overall width (1920mm), but the Pro-4X is slightly taller at 1895mm (versus 1865mm for the SL Warrior) due to factory roof rails. Both have a wheelbase of 3150mm. 

The two iterations of Navara have a wading depth of 600mm and identical dimensions for their rear cargo bed. 

Nissan Navara SL Warrior teaser
The Warrior name is set to also grace the Patrol nameplate

The manual versions of both utes have slightly different weights. The Pro-4X Navara weighs in at 2289kg while the SL weighs in at 2215kg, perhaps in account of differences in specification. While that doesn’t seem like much, 74kg does make a big difference, as that is around the same weight as the average adult!

For towing, both utes are rated to pull up to a 3500kg trailer, caravan or boat, as long as it is braked. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the SL Warrior in manual guise uses a combined 7.3L/100km, while the Pro-4X version is slightly thirstier at 7.5L/100km with its manual version. Automatic versions of the utes are 7.9L/100km for the SL Warrior and 8.1L/100km for the Pro-4X Warrior. 

Under the Navara Pro-4X Warrior

What about standard specifications between the two utes?

One of the biggest differences between the two variants in the inside of the cabin is the seats. The Pro-4X gains leather trimmed seats, while the SL Warrior only gets cloth. You might see that as a downside, however cloth could be harder wearing when the going gets tough. 

Offered on the range-topping Pro-4X Warrior if omitted from the lower SL-based grade includes::

  • Red interior accents 
  • Leather-accented steering wheel
  • Leather gear-shifter 
  • Carpeted floor mats 
  • Day/night rear-view mirror with anti-dazzle function
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • High-beam assist 
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers 
  • Satellite navigation 
  • DAB radio 
  • Drive mode selector 
  • Off-road monitor
  • Black stainless-tubed sports bar
  • LED headlights and tail-lights 
  • LED front fog lights
  • Black side steps, roof rails, door handles and power door mirrors 
  • Privacy glass 
  • Power-sliding rear window 
Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior 2022-13
The Navara Pro-4X Warrior is $10,000 more than an SL Warrior

In terms of safety specification, the Pro-4X Warrior includes the following that is not standard on the SL Warrior:

  • Lane-departure warning 
  • Intelligent lane intervention 
  • Blind-spot warning 
  • Blind-spot intervention 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring 

The above options clearly justify the extra $10,000 you need to spend to get into a Pro-4X Navara Warrior over a SL Warrior. 

Nissan Navara SL Warrior green grass
The Nissan Navara SL Warrior offers a lot for the money

What do you get on a SL Warrior that you don’t get on a Pro-4X Warrior?

If you decide to purchase a SL Warrior, you will get the following features that won’t be found on a Pro-4X Navara Warrior:

  • Vinyl floor coverings front and rear
  • All-weather floor mats 
  • Single-zone air conditioning 
  • Remote keyless entry 
  • Halogen headlights and tail-lights 
  • Black plastic door mirrors
  • Black plastic grille, rear bumper and door handles (contributing to weight saving)
Nissan Navara SL Warrior suspension
The underside of the new Navara SL Warrior

How about off-road performance and enhancements?

Both Navaras are available with the same ground clearance, front and rear overhangs, the same approach and departure angles and the same ramp breakover angle. 

Both variants also receive front disc brakes with drum brakes on the rear, independent, double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension, as well as 17-inch alloy Warrior wheels, all-terrain tyres and a full-size spare. 

Nissan Navara SL Warrior sunset
SL Warrior gains halogen headlights while Pro-4X gets LED units

Both Navara Warrior variants feature an integrated bull bar, a coloured bash plate for underbody protection and Warrior decals to let everyone know you are driving something out of the ordinary. 

The main difference here is that the Pro-4X Warrior features additional underbody protection made up of 3.0mm mild steel. 

Nissan Navara 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • SL manual: $46,600
  • SL auto:  $49,100
  • SL Warrior manual: $58,000
  • SL Warrior automatic: $60,500
  • ST manual: $52,280
  • ST auto:  $54,780
  • ST-X manual: $55,770
  • ST-X auto: $58,270
  • PRO-4X manual: $58,130
  • PRO-4X auto: $60,630
  • PRO-4X Warrior manual: $68,090
  • PRO-4X Warrior auto: $70,590