Colin-on-Cars – Resurgence of the Patrol

It has been around for a long time, albeit rather quiet in South Africa over the past year or so, but heading towards celebrating 70 years next year, Nissan has introduced the new Patrol.

“Engineered with the latest intelligent mobility technologies, the new Patrol will give its drivers and passengers a luxurious drive,” says Kabelo Rabotho, Director of Marketing at Nissan South Africa. “The legendary vehicle is one of Nissan’s most cherished models with sophisticated technology as well as a long and proud heritage. We’re confident the new model will provide drivers with unrivalled luxury.”

Signature design changes for the new Patrol include Nissan’s V-motion grille, interpreted in a new way for SUVs. Along with the new boomerang-shaped LED headlights, the revised grille highlights the Patrol’s angular front.

At the rear, the Patrol’s new taillights also sport the boomerang shape. They are seamlessly integrated along with a large chrome nameplate and sequential rear turn indicators, which have been added for the first time on a Nissan vehicle.

Machine-cut 18-inch alloy wheels add to the look, with the all-new Organic C-Signature LED lights making this sleek design standout.

Inside, the interior space sports a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, a multi-screen DVD entertainment system, 8-inch rear seat entertainment, independent wireless headphones and remote-enabled passenger vehicle infotainment. Allowing all passengers to enjoy the ride.

The new Nissan Patrol has an 8-inch colour touch information screen, Bluetooth hands free and audio streaming, climate control, Intelligent Key with push button start and remote keyless entry.

The new Patrol comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system that warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s forward field of vision. The advanced radar system not only senses the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also that of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one.

Also included is standard Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Driver Alert, which analyses the driver steering behaviour to signal and alert if signs of drowsiness, or inattention are detected.

Responsive braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc brake system with anti-lock, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Also standard is 4-wheel limited-slip diff (LSD) and a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system, which automatically prevents the vehicle from sliding sideways on slippery road surfaces when changing lanes or negotiating a curve. Steering is provided by an engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.

There is no substitute for power and torque, and the Nissan Patrol’s 5,6-litre V8 engine offers 298 kW of power, and 560 Nm of torque, tthe Intelligent 4×4 seamlessly transferring drive between wheels and axles.

The starting price for the new Patrol will be R1 515 700.

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