Nissan have just released the latest model of the Nissan Patrol. It is one of the earliest 4WD vehicles with a heritage that goes back to the 1950’s. The latest seventh generation has undergone more than just a transformation.
|Gigantic compared to the previous model|
This has an overall fuel consumption of 14.1 litres for every 100km covered. However one can order one with the old 5.6 litre V8 engine that has output power of 320 hp. This however has a higher fuel consumption of 15.8 litres for every 100km covered. Both engines have a top speed of 200km/h.
|Host of airbags for occupant safety|
|Plenty of room for seven occupants|
Nissan has completely redesigned the vehicle’s suspension from the bushes to the links. The combination of HBMC and the new suspension system now deliver a significantly improved handling and stability on both on- and off-road terrain.
|Wood and leather compliment the interior|
|Mighty V8 heart|
With Hill Start Assist, if a driver stops on a slope and steps off the brake pedal, the system keeps the vehicle stationary. Hill Descent Control uses the brakes to maintain a constant downhill speed of 7km/h in 4H mode and 4km/h in 4L mode. The new model has a Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with tire inflation indicator which beeps the horn softly to inform drivers that a suitable tire pressure has been reached.
|Patrol in action|
|Rear passenger entertainment|
|Restyled front cockpit|
Curtain vent has several small but highly effective vents mounted in the ceiling above each side window to blow a strong current of cool air down forming a curtain of air that acts as a barrier to heat penetrating the cabin. There is also a cool box mounted in the centre console between the front seats.
Although it has not been introduced in Kenya, I am sure DT. Dobie are working on its debut. Prices start at $100,000 or Kshs. 8.5 million excluding taxes.