Rough it in com­fort, get the­re in sty­le

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

The Pa­trol is Nis­san’s pre­mi­um flags­hip mo­del ai­med at pe­op­le with a dis­tinct­ly af­flu­ent tas­te. It’s for the so­phi­sti­ca­ted buy­er who re­qui­res a sports u­ti­li­ty vehi­cle (SUV) that’s big on fe­a­tu­res, big on sty­le and big on ex­clu­si­vi­ty with a tou­ch of o­pu­len­ce.

Sin­ce 1951, the Nis­san Pa­trol has cre­a­ted a ni­che in the mar­ket for ab­so­lu­te re­li­a­bi­li­ty and su­per­la­ti­ve off-ro­ad per­for­man­ce. Its le­ga­cy is well-kno­wn a­cross A­fri­ca and the Pa­trol is qui­te rig­ht­ly con­si­de­red to be peer­less.

Fol­lo­wing its in­ter­na­ti­o­nal success, Nis­san is con­fi­dent the new Pa­trol will find a pla­ce in South A­fri­cans’ he­arts as the new mo­del em­bra­ces com­fort and smart techno­lo­gy wit­hout lo­sing its off-ro­ad pro­fi­cien­cy. In­si­de, the SUV com­bi­nes spa­ci­ous­ness and pre­mi­um com­fort with a spe­ci­al emp­ha­sis on si­len­ce.

The plush in­te­ri­or of­fers li­mou­si­ne-li­ke spa­ce in the se­cond and thi­rd rows of se­ats with clas­sle­a­ding knee-room.

A­mong the long list of stan­dard fe­a­tu­res are cli­ma­te-con­trol­led front se­ats, a he­a­ted s­teer­ing w­heel, pre­mi­um le­at­her se­a­ting and a du­al-zo­ne au­to­ma­tic tem­pe­ra­tu­re con­t­rol sy­stem, in­clu­ding se­cond row “cur­tain” vents to dis­tri­bu­te cool air.

The Pa­trol is po­we­red by a ro­bust, high-tech 5,6-lit­re V8 pe­trol en­gi­ne that de­ve­lops 298kW of po­wer and 560Nm of tor­que.

This e­ner­ge­tic po­wer­hou­se is ma­ted to a smooth se­ven-speed au­to­ma­tic ge­ar­box that u­ses va­ri­a­ble val­ve techno­lo­gy to de­li­ver se­am­less per­for­man­ce w­he­ne­ver it’s nee­ded.

It can trund­le al­ong qui­te hap­pi­ly in grid­loc­ked traf­fic, but w­hen the op­por­tu­ni­ty pre­sents it­self, the Pa­trol will pro­du­ce mas­si­ve e­ner­gy to po­wer its 3,5 tons quick­ly. The Pa­trol can sup­port tho­se lar­ger-than-li­fe ad­ven­tu­res with an im­pres­si­ve to­wing ca­pa­ci­ty of 3,5 tons and a 140-lit­re fu­el tank.

The All-Mo­de 4-w­heel dri­ve sy­stem fe­a­tu­res Au­to/4H/4LO mo­des and an e­lec­tro­ni­cal­ly con­trol­led part-ti­me trans­fer ca­se. Un­der nor­mal dri­ving con­di­ti­ons, the sy­stem o­pe­ra­tes in two-w­heel dri­ve mo­de, but it can dis­tri­bu­te tor­que to all four w­heels w­hen ro­ad con­di­ti­ons war­rant it. Up to 50% of tor­que can go to the front w­heels on de­mand.

The Nis­san Pa­trol is the per­fect part­ner for the hair-rai­sing jour­neys that ta­ke you off the be­a­ten track, as well as posh e­vents w­hen you need to s­how up in sty­le - in com­ple­te com­fort in either si­tu­a­ti­on.

The mo­del on of­fer is the Pa­trol Pre­mi­um, which co­mes jam-pac­ked with a host of cre­a­tu­re com­forts in either a tan or black in­te­ri­or and se­ven ex­te­ri­or co­lours. Op­ti­o­nal ex­tras such as a tow bar are a­vai­la­ble.

The full re­tail p­ri­ce of the new Nis­san Pa­trol Pre­mi­um is R1 299 000. It is bac­ked by Nis­san As­su­red and has a class-le­a­ding six ye­ar or 150 000km war­ran­ty and an op­ti­o­nal three ye­ar or 90 000km main­te­nan­ce plan.

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