The Citizen (KZN)

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- Charl Bosch

Having made its internatio­nal debut just under a year ago, Nissan South Africa has announced pricing details of the heavily updated Y62 Patrol three years after the model’s local shore debut.

Marking its 10th year in production this year and on the back of its second extensive revamp, the first resulting in it becoming available in South Africa, Nissan’s arch rival for the outgoing Toyota Land Cruiser 200 receives a redesigned front facia in the form of the latest V-motion grille; restyled headlights with integrated boomerang-shaped daytime running LEDs; front wings which cut in the light clusters; new air intakes on the sides of the front bumper and updated boomerang taillights complete with sequential indicators and darkened clusters.

Riding on new 18-inch alloy wheels, Yokohama has opted to follow the same route as its Australian division for South Africa, meaning the Patrol loses out on the redesigned centre console with its more modern infotainme­nt system and climate control display offered in the Middle East.

It keeps the padded, diamond quilted leather seats, stitching on the steering wheel, optional electric lumbar support for the front seats and improved air-conditioni­ng system Nissan claims cool sthe cabin quicker.

In addition to improved noise, vibration and harshness levels, the Patrol joins its Down Under and Middle East siblings in receiving Intelligen­t

Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligen­t Forward Collision Warning as part of the updated Nissan Intelligen­t Mobility suite of safety and driver assistance tech.

Elsewhere, standard equipment is unchanged with the big Nissan coming as standard with ventilated front chairs; a 13-speaker Bose sound system; two eight-inch displays integrated into the headrests with a DVD player and wireless headphones; the mentioned infotainme­nt system that measures eight-inches; a heated steering wheel, sunroof; a refrigerat­ed centre storage area; surround view camera system; Lane Departure Warning; Adaptive Cruise Control with Driver Assist; Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Only one drivetrain option is offered; a normally aspirated 5.6-litre petrol V8 that sends 298kW/560Nm to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox that comes with a limited-slip differenti­al, a rotary low range selector dial and off-road modes. The claimed fuel consumptio­n is unchanged at 14.4l/100km.

With seating for seven again, the Patrol remains a single model with the R1 515 700 price including a six-year/150 000km warranty and three-year/ 90 000km service plan.

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