The intelligent way
Nissan has been in the game for more than 80 years which builds a trusting relationship and a sense of reliability with their clients and loyal supporters. The Patrol is a fine SUV with a capable V8 engine and can-do boldness that is sure to get it liked with the locals. It’s a refreshing exception to other SUV’s in the market due to its capability and robustness. Nissan also doesn’t offer it in a lesser or muted version which I think is rather fitting as that would compromise the brand’s approach to the market.
This no-nonsense SUV is ideal for the thrill-seeking family who doesn’t want to be limited. It has seven seats which means that the merrymaking can be extended and the mighty V8 engine won’t have any problem with taking them where they want to be.
The Nissan Patrol is dominating South African roads with an enormous physique (it weighs a near 3-tonne!) and 18-inch alloy wheels. It has a distinctive boxy shape and with its shiny grille and dazzling fog lights, it stands out in the crowd. The Xenon headlights are advanced with an automatic leveliser, a delay timer function and headlight washers. It has a 272-millimeter ground clearance so if you are limited in the legs department it would probably be a good idea to get a step stool or a rope and hook to hoist yourself in, mission impossible style. A sunroof (electric one-touch power tilt and slide), a powered tailgate and heated door mirrors with power adjustment/folding are also featured to enhance the driving experience.
The cabin is considerably comfortable thanks to its practical design and spaciousness, quite obvious if you look at its generous dimensions. The interior is complemented by wood and leathering on all surfaces from seats and door panels to gear lever and steering wheel (which have audio controls, by the way) and the dashboard is littered with countless buttons for easy access while driving. The second and third-row splits 60:40 and has a manual recline and folding function. A 550-litre boot can grow to a gigantic 1 490-litres which means you can take all your luggage and a bit more on the trip. The driver’s seat is extremely comfortable thanks to the cushy seats which are enhanced with memory as well as powered adjustment.
The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity and Telephone, a USB port, CD/DVD, radio, MP3, iPod+, Satellite navigation and 13 premium Bose speakers. The display is a bit dated but I think that is reasonable considering how many other features it has. Plus you don’t want to be ramming over a boulder or rocky terrain and then accidentally slamming your hand through a paper-thin infotainment screen. Four (yes four!) 12V power sockets can be found, in the front, centre console, second row and in the rear luggage area to ensure convenient connectivity for all. The kiddies will be able to watch movies or cartoons on the 8-inch QHD entertainment screens in the second row and this relieves mom’s headache in thinking of numerous ways to entertain them on extended trips. The movie-theater-esque is also present in the front with cup holders that are able to cool your drink.
Comfort and convenience features include Smart Rear-View Mirror, Intelligent Key with remote keyless entry, Push-to-start functionality, an Off Road Monitor and auto up/down powered windows. Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM), Front and rear parking sensors, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) including Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) with on/off switch and Hill Start Assist (HSA) are all driver’s aids integrated to make lugging around this giant a breeze.
Nissan Anti-Theft System (NATS), vehicle immobiliser and bonnet alarm, driver and passenger front and side-impact SRS airbags, curtain SRS airbag, three child restraint anchorage points and adjustable active headrests in the front protect the family wherever they might venture. Intelligent systems and features include Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Intelligent Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Lane Departure Warning and Prevention (LDW & LDP), Intelligent Blind Spot Warning and Intervention (BSW & BSI) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA).
This 5.6-litre V8 engine produces 298kW of power and 569Nm of torque which will be needed for those exhilarating and long road trips. Another benefit of the Patrol is the fact that you will be supporting your local petrol station quite impressively. Let me put it this way- when they redo the paving, you will be awarded your own parking spot and a shiny plaque with your name edged into it seeing as you will be one of their loyalist supporters with the Patrol’s average 14.4-litre per 100km fuel consumption. Be sure to get a snack while you’re there because the 140-litre tank will be taking some time to fill up. A seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) transfers power to the wheels and paired with impressive steering, offers good drivability. Intuitive engineering like a rear differential lock, a Rear Helical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and a springy suspension is sure to give you an action-packed journey through the bundus. I must say, in a world full of advanced-driving and innovative dynamics, it’s refreshing to have a vehicle that keeps to its basics- there’s no turbo or boosters, just a good, ole V8 growl. This promises a vehicle that doesn’t stop, not even to get stuck in a ditch, and that’s something I can respect.
Where to find it
If the punchy Patrol has caught your eye, check it out on www.nissan.co.za now!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler