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2021 Nissan Ariya lead 2021 Nissan Ariya: a futuristic electric SUV with 610km of range

Nissan has detailed the all-new Ariya EV following the concept car’s reveal at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Visually, most of the details, surfaces and design language remain in-tact which, we think, is pretty impressive.

Furthermore, the stylish electric SUV boasts a near market-leading 610km of WLTP certified range in its longest-range guise. The Ariya symbolises a fresh direction for Nissan, too, being the first vehicle to debut the brand’s updated logo.

The Japanese manufacturer says this Ariya is just one of the 12 new models we’ll be seeing over the next 18 months, with more SUVs and even a traditional sports car – the 400Z – likely.

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The Nissan Ariya signals a new direction.

With cutting-edge technology, striking design language and a serious look at future mobility, it surprised us to hear that Ariyas should arrive in their home market by 2021 priced at around 5 million yen which currently equates to AU$66,600.

If that price-point remains accurate, then the Ariya is poised to seriously scare the American start-up’s affordable Model 3. And if the tech works as well as promised, other brands will need to pay serious attention.

Underpinning the Ariya is an all-new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance-developed EV-only platform, and you can be confident this won’t be the last time the platform is used.

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A new direction inside and out, that is.

Nissan designers say this all-electric platform allowed them more freedom of experimentation with the body’s shapes, something sorely missing from the brand’s dowdy Leaf EV.

Modularity means the Ariya will be packing options when it arrives in 2021. Kicking off the range is the 65kWh (63kWh usable) battery pack. In two-wheel-drive guise, the single motor provides adequate outputs of 160kW/300Nm, and around 450km of range.

Nissan will offer a dual-motor set-up with higher power outputs of 250kW/560Nm, though the all-wheel-drive system will see the estimated range drop to 430km.

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In two or all-wheel-drive.

A larger 90kWh (87kWh usable) battery makes up the long-range variant – the headline 610km of range will be available for those who opt for the single-motor 178kW/300Nm two-wheel-drive Ariya.

Rounding out the four powertrain options is the larger battery combined with dual-motors, which Nissan claim will be good for outputs of 290kW/560Nm and a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds.

That range-topping Ariya will also be equipped with Nissan’s all-new Pro PILOT 2.0 safety suite that uses seven cameras, five radar sensors, and 12 ultrasonic sensors to allow no-hand single-lane driving and automated lane-changes. The vehicle even has the potential to follow a pre-programmed satnav route with minimal human input.

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Behind the “shield” motif is a host of sensors for the impressive autonomous kit.

With Japan’s fast-charging network, the Ariya will be able to juice-up at a rate of 130kW which equates to 375km of added range in 30 minutes. It’s okay, but not quite up to scratch with Tesla’s latest Superchargers.

Ideal 50:50 weight distribution is made easy with the EV packaging, and the all-wheel-drive Ariyas debut Nissan’s e-4orce system the brand claims is “The spiritual offspring of the GT-R‘s Attessa ET-S AWD system and the Patrol’s 4×4 system”.

As mentioned before, the all-new EV-only architecture drastically frees-up design constraints of ICE vehicles. Debuted on the Ariya concept, the “shield”, which hides the active safety tech gubbins, has remained mostly as the concept – the grille-like design detail will, and is surrounded by thin LED lights and boasts classy sequential indicators.

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Nissan’s new logo appears first on the Ariya EV.

As for size, the Ariya will be a mid-size competitor, meaningfully smaller than the BMW iX3. In terms of Nissan SUVs, the Ariya will sit betwixt the compact Qashqai and family-friendly X-Trail.

Not unlike the Volkswagen ID.3 did for the German brand, the Ariya debuts the updated cleaner and more futuristic Nissan logo.

Perhaps inside is where the flat-floor can be put to use best in future design, Nissan claims it allowed them to open up space inside, and create an “Interior akin to a sleek cafe lounge on a starship”.

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Haptic AC controls will be built into the wood-grain interior details. Cool.

While it’s great to see forward-thinking – like AC controls built into the dash with haptic feedback, a slide-out picnic table and an adjustable centre console – the Ariya’s cockpit retains a familiar ‘car-like’ lay-out, for better or worse.

Mounted high on the dashboard in an organic “wave-like” motif is a pair of dual 12.3-inch displays which split their tasks between all the usual driving info – range, speed, essential vehicle information – and the control of the infotainment system.

One rather futuristic touch is the haptic feedback ‘gear’ shifter designed to sit comfortably in the driver’s palm, encouraging a more relaxed driving style.

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As for the shifter – Nissan say it’s designed to help you relax.

And relaxed the Ariya claims to be – there’s advanced multi-language voice control for many functions, and Nissan has integrated Amazon’s Alexa service for external tasks – a different direction from Mercedes-Benz’s full in-house software.

Naturally, there’s a Nissan smartphone app which will allow charge to be checked remotely, it also integrates a route planner with a departure-time reminder making trips more comfortable than ever. Remote updates will be automated and take place over wifi.

Australian details are yet to be confirmed, though we’ll learn more closer to the Ariya’s global launch in 2021.

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2021 Nissan Rogue - 3 2021 Nissan X-Trail previewed by refreshed US market Rogue

Nissan has unveiled the new generation of the American market Rogue, a car which has traditionally shared its underpinnings with the popular Australian market X-Trail. The facelift is just part of a fairly comprehensive rethink.

The updated Rogue will go on sale in the United States in September, though Nissan Australia is yet to confirm any details for Aussie arrival of an X-Trail.

If Australia does receive the Rogue, in X-Trail form, it will have to deal with competition from all sides – Mazda’s CX-5, Honda CR-V and, thanks to an excellent hybrid system, the class favourite Toyota RAV4.

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Bluffer and tougher than before.

What we do know is that the front end has been updated significantly, Nissan eschewing the more bulbous, rounded front end of the current Rogue and X-Trail for a bluffer snout. It’s certainly reminiscent of that boxy 90s original that was so successful for Nissan.

Nissan US also claims a much wider colour palette will be available for the Rogue, including some trendy two-tone options for extra customisation.

Inside there appears to be some customisation available, for the US at least. While the interior hasn’t undergone significant visual changes, the tan leather looks inviting and will make a refreshing counter option to boring black.

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We like the revised interior, and tan in always good.

Rear passengers haven’t been left out though – there’s an all-new backbench that Nissan claims to have “Nasa-inspired Zero Gravity” spinal support, and optionally the US market rogue can be optioned with rear seat heating, too.

For the 2021 Rogue Nissan has increased interior technology, that all revolves around what Nissan is calling the “family hub”. This includes keyless entry that now functions for the rear doors, too.

Further upgrades include wireless charging and USB-C fast-chargers upfront. Nissan has implemented a wireless CarPlay system for the first time, though the brand says it will arrive shortly after launch, but as late as early 2021. 

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Wireless charging and CarPlay capability

Infotainment is controlled through a centrally mounted 9-inch floating touchscreen. Higher grade US Rogues will get a generous 10.3-inch head-up display for the driver, and customisable 12.3-inch digital drivers’ display, the lower grades make do with a 7-inch item. 

Plenty of active safety tech will make it onto the new US market Rogue. Across the range, all Rogues are equipped with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety systems. 

That is, front and rear AEB with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, the must-have rear cross-traffic alert, reverse camera, high-beam assist and a total of ten airbags. 

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A generous 12.3-inch digital driver’s display will make an appearance.

The current Australian X-Trail line-up only sees this full Safety Shield suite available on the two most expensive Ti and TL grades.

Additionally, more expensive Rogue variants in the US will be equipped with an advanced ProPilot system. The package includes lane-trace assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go – the car can stop for up to 30 seconds without driver intervention – and traffic sign recognition.

US market Rogues get even more cool tech – the ProPilot system communicates with the car’s inbuilt nav, allowing the Rogue to adjust the cruise control speed intelligently for corners, motorway exits, and pre-empt slowing down for intersection.

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And there’s plenty of safety tech. Will it all transfer to the next-gen X-Trail, though?

We reckon that’s a pretty cool idea here at Chasing Cars, though with our vast distances and poorly maintained roads the system may not make it to the Australian market X-Trail.

Engine options are unremarkable. Under the bonnet of the US Rogue is a sole, naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 135kW – up 8kW. Torque is at 245Nm, again up from the current 226Nm.

Previously the American’s did receive a Rogue with a hybrid powertrain, though that hasn’t been mentioned for the new vehicle. Australian X-Trails are currently offered with a two-litre turbo diesel with 130kW and 380Nm outputs, and we hope this more powerful engine returns.

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Nissan has developed the multi-link suspension system further.

Nissan has redesigned the suspension setup for the Rogue, the stiffer mounting points and a revised multi-link design in the rear should make for a plusher ride.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to say when, how, or if, this new Rogue will make it to Australia. If it is in the shape of an X-Trail, we hope the updated safety technology and bluff looks make their way onto to the X-Trail replacement.

The Rogue will go on sale in the US in the Autumn of 2021. In the meantime, Chasing Cars will be keeping our ears open for more details about the coming Australian X-Trail.

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2020 Nissan Juke - 2 All-new Nissan Juke price and spec confirmed, arriving June

Nissan Australia has finally confirmed pricing and arrival of an all-new Juke. The funky compact crossover is due Downunder in June 2020 and promises more refinement, space and driving sophistication.

Oh, and of course, it packs the Juke’s signature out-there styling. But underneath it comes from more humble beginnings, sharing the Nissan Renault alliance platform with the French brand’s Clio and Captur.

Despite being a pioneer in the segment, the new Juke enters a crowded and fast-evolving marketplace with the Hyundai Kona, all-new Volkswagen T-Cross, and Mazda’s fresh CX-30.

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Don’t worry, it’s still a Juke.

Powering the new Juke is a one-litre turbo three-cylinder engine with outputs of 84kW and 180Nm, which should be enough to push the 1,270kg Juke along nicely.

The Juke is front-wheel-drive only and will deploy its power via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Thanks to some smart low-friction cylinder technology – borrowed from the Nissan GT-R – the claimed WLTP economy is 5.8l/100km. Impressive.

And wow, even with the shift towards ever wilder styling in the compact crossover segment, the Juke still holds its own. The signature oval headlights remain, as do flared haunches – we hope there’s a NISMO in the works – and overall funky shape.

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The cabin looks cool, too.

Funkiness continues inside the Juke; the new car boasts a larger eight-inch floating touchscreen, and upper trims get partially digital driver’s display. An elevated gear lever surrounded by a ring of light sits as the centrepiece of the interior.

It’s bigger, too, growing by 75mm in length to 4,210mm and 1,800mm wide – 35mm more girth – which Nissan claims adds 58mm of leg space. That means it’s a whole lot bigger outside, too, pushing up half a size-class in this fuzzy compact SUV world.

Adding size also addresses practicality concerns of the old Juke, the new boot packs 422-litre of VDA certified cargo space, making it one of the best-in-class.

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An elevated gear shifter control a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Standard equipment is generous, too. For $27,990 (driveaway pricing TBA) the ST includes goodies such as paddle shifters, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Nissan’s intelligent ride control system.

As for safety, the ST gets a generous suite including city-speed AEB, rear cross-traffic, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and LED headlights with high-beam assist as standard.

A little extra hard-earned cash at the Nissan dealership will net the ST+. For $30,740 (driveaway pricing TBA) your Juke will be equipped with LED foglights, satellite navigation, heated front seats, and the addition of front parking sensors,

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Partially digital driver’s display standard on the ST-L grade.

Second from the top of the range is the $33,940 (driveaway pricing TBA) ST-L with a snazzy set of 19-inch alloys, partially digital drivers display, rear USB ports, partial leather upholstery and leather-trimmed wheel and gear knob.

Bolstering safety in the ST-L is adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera.

At the top of the range sits the familiar Ti moniker for $36,490 (driveaway pricing TBA) which gets a premium eight-speaker BOSE stereo, leather and Alcantara seats with Alcantara padding around the cabin and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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And around the rear, yep, definitely still a Juke.

We reckon the new Juke looks pretty good and looks to be priced sharply within the segment thanks to plenty of standard tech. The driving experience needs to be there to back up the funky exterior, though, we’ll have a full road test to confirm that soon.

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2020 Nissan Navara ST - 1 2020 Nissan Navara gets more black, better tech

For 2020, Nissan’s top-selling Navara will receive some additional gear and slight price alterations; this extends from the entry-level $34,550 (driveaway pricing TBA) RX variant to the awesome $63,490 (driveaway pricing TBA) N-Trek Warrior.

Nissan’s 2020 update to the Navara is needed, too. We know Ford and Volkswagen will be releasing an all-new Ranger/Amarok pair this year, with Mazda also likely to reveal an updated BT-50.

Nissan has worked on the road manners of the Navara, adding extra sound deadening to all dual-cab models. There’s also an acoustically optimised windscreen, says Nissan, and more sound deadening under the bonnet.

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It should be quieter in here says Nissan.

While outside the Navara now looks classier, inside the same dark and scratchy plastic cabin remains. Naturally, the materials are all hard-wearing for a reason, but we can’t help feeling that someone spending over $60,000 on a vehicle might want some classier touches.

However, the infotainment system does receive some updates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto featuring an eight-inch touchscreen from the SL grade up. At the same time, all variants now get a 360-degree surround-view camera.

The oily bits remain the same for 2020 – that means the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel carries over with 140kW and 450Nm.

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It’s a tough looking dual-cab.

There’s quite an array of options available, the entry point being the barebones two-wheel-drive RX manual which retains its $34,550 (driveaway pricing TBA) for 2020. Without any real niceties, this is the workhorse of the range.

A four-wheel-drive RX with a seven-speed automatic starts at $1,400 less at $44,200 (driveaway pricing TBA) and gets a torque-vectoring system, though does without hill-descent-control or interior goodies.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new eight-inch monitor are standard on the $45,500 (driveaway pricing TBA) SL manual making the extra $1,500 seem reasonable.

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Android auto is standard now.

Stepping up to the $42,050 (driveaway pricing TBA) ST 4×2 and $48,750 (driveaway pricing TBA) ST 4×4 exterior styling gets meaner with the standard inclusion of the “black pack” entailing a piano black grille, fog light surrounds, mirror caps and rear hoop bar. 

We agree it looks way better than the chrome. Additionally, a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels are standard instead of the 16-inch items which Nissan claims to add to off-road capabilities, increasing the ground clearance to 228mm.

However, the move to larger wheels will harm the Navara’s ability to go deep into the bush – if that’s what you’re into – thanks to limited tyre choice and smaller sidewall profiles.

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Bigger wheels on the ST. More likely to buckle.

But if the Navara is going to spend most of its time on the black stuff larger wheels won’t hurt too much.

The $46,450 (driveaway pricing TBA) 4×2 ST-X and $53,600 (driveaway pricing TBA) 4×4 ST-X bolster their off-road abilities with the standard inclusion of hill-descent-control and styling tweaks.

Increasing by $350 from 2019, the $56,800 (driveaway pricing TBA) Nissan’s N-Trek Navara boasts some styling cues like decals, orange seat highlights and tougher-looking wheels.

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The N-Trek Warrior looks the business.

At the halo end of the range is the Australian developed N-Trek Warrior with its plethora of upgrades (read all about them in our review) starting at $63,490 (driveaway pricing TBA). 

A seven-speed automatic is optional on any grade for $2,500 and retains the Navara’s 3.5-ton towing capacity. Updated 2020 Navaras will be available by the end of March 2020. 

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Nissan Navara Warrior grey front Nissan Navara Warrior: detailed look at Aussie-developed ute

In December of this year, the 2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior will join the growing club of premium utes pre-customised by their makers with common off-roading accessories. Running in the over-$60,000 end of the Australian pick-up market, the Navara Warrior’s mechanical and aesthetic additions over the N-Trek are fitted in Victoria and many are assembled in Australia.

The Nissan Navara Warrior will compete with tricked-up utes like the Toyota HiLux Rugged X ($64,490, $70,455 driveaway) and Holden Colorado Xtreme ($69,990, all sold) – but the Nissan, which sits on a bespoke lifted suspension and 32.2-inch Cooper all-terrain rubber, like the Ford Ranger Raptor ($75,990, $82,635 driveaway) aims at both off- and on-road dynamic gains.

The Warrior starts life as a Thai-built Navara N-Trek. Ten Warriors will be sub-assembled daily at Premcar, the former specialist Ford performance tuner business based in Victoria’s Epping. Forty Australian manufacturing jobs have been resurrected in the development and implementation of the Navara Warrior programme. Testing and tuning of the Warrior was conducted entirely in Australia.

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Pricing is yet to be finalised but Nissan Australia’s Navara product manager Matt Baily says the combined value of the Warrior’s additional specification sits in the vicinity of $10,000. For reference, the Navara N-Trek variant that the Warrior is based upon is priced at $56,450 in six-speed manual and $58,950 with a seven-speed automatic ($62,120 and $64,745 driveaway respectively).

Both gearboxes will be available in the Warrior, which exclusively uses the stronger of the Navara’s two four-cylinder diesel engines – a 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged unit producing 140kW/420Nm.

An educated guess places the Navara Warrior’s list price in the high $60,000 to low $70,000 range with a small premium added due to the fact Nissan’s full five-year warranty will apply to the car and its accessories.

What equipment does the Navara Warrior have?

There is a bespoke spring and damper package, built locally by Monroe. The spring rates are reduced on both axles, both for greater wheel articulation off-road and more balanced handling on-road.

A new wheel and tyre package sees the wheel size downsized to 17 inches from the N-Trek’s 18-inch wheel for better ride quality. The unique wheels are wrapped in Cooper Discoverer All-Terrain tyres measuring 32.2 inches in diameter. The measurement on the tyre is 275/70/R17.

The tyres (25mm) and bespoke suspension (15mm) see the Warrior’s clearance lifted to 268mm – 40mm higher than the Navara N-Trek. The wider tyres see the front and rear track width increased by 40mm from 1,560mm to 1,600mm.

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There is an integrated, body-coloured hoopless steel front bar designed by Brisbane firm EGR. The bar accommodates a 16-LED Hella light bar with a projection range of around 350mm. Premcar engineering director Bernie Quinn pointed out that this bar is designed not to disrupt airflow to the 2.3-litre engine, unlike some aftermarket solutions.

There is a 3mm stainless steel bash plate underneath the front fascia and the Warrior features are extended riveted plastic guards designed by Chinese outfit RP Prototype while Warrior-themed 3M decals are also added during the Premcar sub-assembly process.

Nissan Navara Warrior interior

Inside, the interior is carried over almost wholesale from the Navara N-Trek. The only specific Warrior additions are embossed headrests and orange-trimmed floor mats.

The additional elements see the Warrior’s payload fall to 730kg (manual) and 724kg (automatic). These figures are just shy of 200kg down on the N-Trek variant.

Compared with Holden’s Colorado Xtreme or the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, the Navara Warrior skips a snorkel. According to product manager Matt Baily, that’s because the Warrior strikes a balance between additional off-road capability and enhanced on-road handling and usability.

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Mr Baily says Navara Warrior buyers will be driving on-road most days. “They want the vehicle to look good. They want to improve the performance of the vehicle. They want to improve the capabilities off-road, but they are not necessarily going off-road all the time.”

The additions selected for the Warrior represent “the most popular [accessories] customers are looking for – the most demanded things,” Baily says. “We haven’t tried to line up with one competitor or another. We have focussed on customers who buy a Navara or are interested in a Navara.”

Unlike the Ford Ranger Raptor, which introduced a new 157kW/500Nm two-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder to the Ranger lineup in Australia, Nissan have not taken the opportunity to select a more powerful motor for the Navara Warrior.

“We have a great-performing twin-turbo engine … it’s a very capable engine. It does the job, and does the job very well,” product manager Baily said.

In a considerable development, though, Mr Baily confirmed to Chasing Cars that even if they wanted it, Nissan would not able to utilise the Mercedes-Benz V6 diesel engine utilised in the Navara’s platform-sharing sibling – the X-Class X350d.

Who will buy a Navara Warrior?

People shopping at the top end of the dual-cab market. While introducing the Navara Warrior, Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester pointed to the strong growth in the over-$60,000 portion of the ute market.

“The top end has really started to grow,” Mr Lester said, pointing to almost 40 per cent growth in this price range in the last 12 months. In October 2018, utes priced at over $60,000 made up 16% of this segment. Now, that number is 22%.

“Up until now, Nissan hasn’t played in that space – so what is the opportunity? More so than ever, consumers are demanding something that is not just a ‘mid-life cosmetic crisis solution’ – they are actually demanding that fit-for-purpose deliverable that showcases not only something about what they want to be perceived as, but [a ute that] also delivers in the real world,” Mr Lester said.

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Lester said the ute segment in Australia is transitioning away from “tradie’s mate” to vehicles that can easily blend into family use. “They go to the job site during the week, but [they are also a] weekend warrior.”

At present the Australian-developed Navara N-Trek Warrior will be sold locally and in New Zealand, but there is the prospect that other Navara markets, which include Europe and South America, will take up the Warrior treatment.

“What I can tell you is that since we have brought the project to global attention, we have got a tremendous amount of interest from a number of other markets within the [Asia-Oceania] region and beyond,” Mr Lester said.

How can you get a Navara Warrior?

By expressing interest with a Nissan dealer, mainly. The first deliveries will be in December.

Production of the Warrior grade in Melbourne will start in November at the aforementioned rate of ten sub-assemblies per day, though Premcar say that in the event of considerable demand, production could be upped to “at least 12 or 13 per day by rebalancing the line” and by hiring additional staff.

Unlike the Holden Colorado Xtreme, which was a limited-edition variant, Navara product manager Baily says the Warrior will be a permanent addition to the range.

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But Mr Baily stopped short of confirming that 10 units per day extrapolated to 48 production weeks per year would total about 2,400 units – or about five per cent of Navara sales.

“We don’t normally talk about our sales volumes … but as you can see, the [Premcar] facility is a significant facility. I have every confidence the vehicle will be a competitive model in this segment and perform well for us, and grow Navara sales,” he said.

So, while early on there will likely be waits for supply to open up, it is likely that picking up a Warrior will become a little easier into 2020.

How does the Navara Warrior drive?

You’ll have to wait for our first off-road drive and on-road review, which we’ll be doing at the end of this year. For now, you can check out our walkaround video by streaming it at the top of this article.

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