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Nissan updates unbreakable Patrol


WE were recently in the Middle East and pretty much all we managed to see were massive SUV's and super cars. Among the SUV's was the new Nissan Patrol, a car which we didn't ever receive here. We stuck with the tried and tested Patrol which has recently received a few enhancements to make it more relevant in the modern market.

As is customary Nissan has taken feedback from Patrol owners and updated the model to include more of what the market wants, which in this case was creature comforts in the Patrol Station Wagon 3.0 TD 4x4 GL.

The interior of the car has been overhauled with leather upholstery, electric front seats front seats and new interior trim items finished in wood grain and aluminium. The car also finally comes with an entertainment system from this century with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with full colour navigation. The GL model also gets two-zone climate control.

“Competitor offerings in this very technical segment of the off-road market have always created the impression that toughness is synonymous with a sparse and Spartan interior. We have changed that with the Patrol 3.0 GL, which now also features cruise control and a sun roof for the same price,” says Graeme Birch, Marketing General Manager at Nissan South Africa.

The exterior of the vehicle remains unchanged as does the mechanicals with the same 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 118 kW/371Nm and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 8.1 litres/100 km on the open road.

Both versions of the Patrol Station Wagon have a rear lockable diff and automatic locking hubs with the option of a manual override. The 3.0 TD Patrol has a five-speed manual gearbox with a high and low range transfer case.

The model features 210 mm ground clearance and 37 degree and 31 degree approach and departure angles respectively.

All Patrol models come with a 6-year 150 000 km warranty and a 5-year 90 000 km service plan.

Price: R605 000


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