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Nissan beefs up Patrol

2007-10-02 15:40
Nissan's Patrol has been revised to meet the demands of its toughest critics - those who use it daily as a workhorse and leisure vehicle.

While Nissan maintains its Patrol has not gone soft at the expense of some creature comforts, the revised bakkie now comes with four cupholders, two bottleholders air conditioner and electric windows added to its cloth seats and central locking.

The Patrol is a rough and tough off-roader and features a limited slip diff.

But don't expect any buttons and knobs for convenience. Patrol drivers will still be required to get out of their cabins to manually lock the hubs.

The 4.2-litre diesel engine remains unchanged with peak power of 85 kW at 4 000 r/min and torque of 264 Nm from a low 2 000 r/min.

It has a payload of 1 125 kg and is capable of towing a braked trailer weighing up to 1 500 kg.

Patrol also retains its trusty ladder-frame chassis. Approach and departure angles are quoted as being among the best in class - 44 and 31 degrees respectively. Ground clearance is 226 mm.

For serious bundu bashers, it comes with two fuel tanks (95 and 80 km), while options include a CD changer, steel bumper with bulbar at the front, side steps and a double skin rubberised loadbox liner.

The Patrol 4.2D 4X4 costs R314 700 and its price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty.

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