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2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Review

Nissan recently announced the death of its sedan models; as we haven’t had any here since the Altima, Nissan fans won’t be curled up in the foetal position sucking their thumb. Which brings me to the Nissan Navara Pro-4X, a halo ute designed to make you feel tough and mighty.

Performance

The current Navara can be traced way back to 2014. Nissan has a knack for facelifts and gradual refinements, the Navara has multiple such treatments. The Pro-4X uses the same 2.3-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel with 140kW @ 3750rpm and 450Nm @ 1500-2500rpm. Drive is sent via a seven-speed auto that includes four-wheel drive. There’s also a six-speed for self-shifters.

It’s a true one tonner that can handle 1004kg of stuff you didn’t need from Bunnings. As with most dual cabs it can tow 3,500kg (braked) but few max that figure out.

The Drive

The Navara has always copped flack for having rear coil springs instead of leaf suspension. The latter is designed to placate and dissipate loads more evenly, while  coils have been used to provide better comfort levels. It certainly is one of the easier dual-cabs to get around in.  Given many are used as family cars, it’s something to take into consideration.

The Pro-4X drives the same as the ST-X spec that’s about $4000 cheaper. You do score lots of tough
looking gear like Yokohama Geolander all-terrain rubber, giving weekend warriors a tad more confidence off-road. I spent the week on the road and couldn’t detect any tyre roar, common with rugged tread designs.

The seven-speed goes about its duty with minimal fuss; there’s even a SPORT mode. The twin-turbo engine, I believe, is one of the best. There’s no real surge off the mark, or peaks and troughs. I guess you could say it delivers power in a very linear way.

The steering is a little heavy but overall, it’s a rather neutral dual-cab that anyone could get around in.

The Pro-4X boosts your ego via:

  • Darkened styling theme with red accenting
  • All terrain tyres
  • Black fender flares
  • Black sports bar with sail panel
  • Leather-accented seats with PRO-4X embroidery

Value For Money

This is another big money ute. Prices start from $61,290 before on-roads (manual) or $62,790 for the auto. The ST-X auto is priced from $59,790 or $60,790 if you want a sunroof. The latter is not even an option on the Pro-4X! The Navara delivers on the fuel economy front with a claimed average of 7.9L/100km. The official Bowen’s Garage figure was 8.5L/100km. Nissan offer a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

 

Safety And Technology

Dual-cabs are incredibly safe in 2021. This as tested model includes

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Intelligent Driver Alert
  • Around View Monitor with Moving
  • Object Detection
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Assist

Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is present and accounted for. The 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is small by today’s standards. It also offers poor resolution when using the 360-degree reversing camera, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Beyond that the Navara Pro-4x isn’t exactly tech heavy. There are just two USB ports front and back, although I do love the very bright LED headlights. The attractive quad design looks great and offers automatic high-beam.

What I Love

The big, black, in your face grille.

Bowen’s Report Card

The Pro-4X is a bit of a strange one, it is missing features found in the ST-X like a sunroof and electric seat adjustment. Plus, it will soon be superseded by a new Warrior variant. However, it does look slightly menacing and will make the owner of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak next door spy on you. It’s a 78 out of 100 from me.