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by George Skentzos

The Nissan Patrol wagon is one of the last of a dieing breed. With the trend leaning more toward performance urban 4WD’s, the Patrol stays true to its heritage as a genuine off-road vehicle.

The revised Patrol wagon line-up includes the five-seat DX and seven-seat ST, ST-L and Ti turbo diesel variants and, in petrol form, seven-seat ST, ST-L and Ti models.

Previously only available in a 3.0L turbo-diesel model, the ST will also include the option of a 4.8L petrol-engine as a compromise due to the discontinuation of the ST-S model which previously offered both diesel and petrol variants.

Noticeable upgrades extend as far as chrome door handles and a lighter colour honeycomb in the grille, however behind the scenes the new Patrol will include ABS anti-lock braking to the standard specification of the ST variant.

The TB48 4.8-litre six-cylinder Patrol produces 180kW at 4800rpm, and a hefty 400Nm of torque at 3600rpm, offering easy on-road performance with excellent off-road ability and is fitted as standard with a five-speed automatic transmission incorporating a sequential manual shift mode.

Surprisingly the ZD30 3.0-litre turbo diesel produces less torque than the petrol variant however it serves its 380Nm at a lazy 2,000rpm and also offers excellent fuel economy.

The Patrol offers reassuring safety credentials with driver and passenger airbags standard across the range and now, ABS anti-lock braking standard on all but the base DX turbo diesel model. Whilst the top of the range Ti is also fitted with side airbags for the front seat passengers.

It’s off road credentials are where it shows its true form with the ability to climb a 39-degree gradient and tackle 700mm-deep water crossings. Beam axles with coil springs front and rear allow excellent wheel articulation over the roughest terrain, while the auto-locking front hubs (on ST, ST-L and TI models), long suspension travel and generous ground clearance all contribute to the Patrol’s formidable off-road ability.

With its combination of off-road abilities, refinement, comfort and outstanding value for money, the Nissan Patrol continues as an Australian 4WD icon.




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