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by George Skentzos

Nissan’s heavy duty ute – the Patrol Cab Chassis – will make its debut this October sporting not only a brand new look, but also Nissan’s popular ZD30 3.0-litre intercooled turbo-diesel engine.

The ZD30 turbo diesel engine, which is also used in the Patrol wagon range, has recently been updated with a common-rail fuel injection system. This provides improvements in engine refinement and responsiveness which is especially useful for highway driving and when working off road.

With a maximum output of 118kW at 3200rpm and torque of 380Nm on tap at 2000rpm in five-speed manual transmission models, the ZD30 turbo diesel is far from revolutionary on paper.

In real-world applications the new Patrol Cab Chassis is a thoroughbred work-horse capable of towing 3,200 kilograms with trailer brakes, up from 2500kg on the previous model.

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Patrol Cab Chassis models are available in two specification levels – entry level DX or the higher specification ST. In DX buyers will have the choice of either coil or leaf-sprung rear suspension.

A five-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential are also standard across the range.

All DX leaf-sprung and ST coil-sprung models come with standard dual front airbags, while DX coil-sprung models are available with dual airbags as an option.

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Exterior changes to the new Patrol Cab Chassis now make it near identical to its Patrol wagon cousin with a bold new face with Nissan’s trademark “four-wheel drive family” grille, new headlamps and revised front fender and bonnet.

All DX models feature a driver’s bucket seat and a two seater passenger bench with hard-wearing cloth trim. Whilst the higher specification ST models have two buckets seats with high quality moquette interior trim.

Pricing for all variants remains unchanged, with the DX Leaf priced from $49,790 and DX Coil priced from $50,180 and the high-specification ST priced from $52,890.




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