Nissan Patrol

18 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan Patrol
Nissan Patrol

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The Patrol is a tough old grandfather’s axe that survives only here and in the Middle East. Nissan says the current model will be with us for a few years yet but its long-term future is uncertain.

Its 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine was tweaked for this year’s model and common rail fuel injection fitted to meet Euro IV emissions standards. The 4.2-litre turbo diesel could not be made compliant and was dropped from the range.

The 3.0-litre’s numbers are unchanged: it produces 380Nm of torque when bolted to the five-speed manual gearbox, 354Nm with the four-speed automatic (both at 2000rpm) and 118kW of power at 3400rpm (3600rpm in the auto.)

Our test car, a pre-update auto, took 18 seconds to reach 100kmh, which is about six seconds longer than the Discovery or the Prado. But like the Patrol in general this engine is an old school slugger in performance and refinement.

The 3.0-litre manual can pull up to 3200kg, the automatic 2500kg.

The starting price refers to the base model five-seater DX, which, if you’re going way out into the scrub, has its attractions: a hose-out vinyl interior, split rims and 230mm of ground clearance.

The 3.0-litre ST, at $52,240 (manual) or $55,240 (auto), is the most popular model. It has seven seats, cruise control, air-conditioning, two front airbags, a CD player and alloy wheels.

You have to go to the ST-S variant ($54,240-$57,240), or the ST-L ($58,490-$61,490), for anti-lock brakes and a few frills. The top of the line auto Ti ($66,240) adds leather upholstery, a navigation system, automatic air-conditioning and front-seat side airbags.

It’s worth noting there are discounts of several thousand dollars on all models.

Nissan Patrol

Adults sit knees-up in the middle seat with only a lap belt in the centre. The two rear seats are fine for kids or for a short trip by adults but again your knees are up around your chin.

It’s a pity you can’t easily remove the two back seats, as you can in the Toyota, because they severely restrict load capacity.

Fold down the split middle seat backrest and you have a flat 1.65-metre floor, without compromising front seat travel.

The Patrol has part-time 4WD only but it cannot be used on the bitumen. It has beam axles and heavy duty coil spring suspension that can cope with a decent load, but on tight corners the Nissan handles and steers like the Pasha Bulker.

The Patrol scored three stars out of five in ANCAP crash tests.

In Australia the standard average consumption is 10.9L/100km (auto is 11.8). Fuel capacity is 125 litres. CO2 emissions are 288g/km (313g/km auto) and both variants scored two stars out of five in the Green Vehicle Guide.

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