NIS­SAN GU PA­TROL:

1997-2016

4 x 4 Australia - - 4cast -

THE ver­i­ta­ble grand­fa­ther’s axe of the 4x4 world, the GU was re­ally just a GQ chas­sis and driv­e­line with a big­ger and more con­tem­po­rary body laid over it. Dur­ing its long ex­is­tence the GU had no less than six dif­fer­ent en­gines un­der its he­li­pad-sized bon­net, but it al­ways re­tained the well-proven for­mula of a part-time four-wheel drive sys­tem with coil-sprung live axles front and rear as well as a rugged lad­der chas­sis.

The GU was avail­able in both five-door wagon and cab-chas­sis vari­ants. The cab-chas­sis of­fered tra­di­tional leaf springs at the back for heavy load-bear­ing, or coils for a more com­fort­able ride. The coil-sprung ute was a favourite for recre­ational 4x4ers. The Pa­trol name lives on in the Y62 wagon, a vastly dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle to what made the name­plate so pop­u­lar here, but no less ca­pa­ble.

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