One Tough Cookie

Words by Andrew Middleton. Pictures by Nissan Words by Andrew Middleton. Pictures by Nissan

The new and improved Nissan Patrol Pickup is now available in South Africa. Offering a well-balanced mix of brawny good looks and brute performance, the new model now sports an all-new engine, revised rear differential, and several cabin enhancements.

For the past 60 years, the Patrol Pickup has proven to be a highly capable, never-say-die 4x4, with many off-road aficionados swearing by its performance and durability. This new model builds on the Patrol’s heritage, while representing Nissan’s commitment to the large pick-up segment.

Available in single-cab guise only, the latest Patrol Pickup boasts a brand-new 3.0 DTI engine, capable of 110 kW at 3 600 rpm and 371 Nm between 1 800 and 2 400 rpm. These figures translate into an exceptionally refined driver experience, mainly because of the engine’s low and widespread torque curve. This is a significant improvement on the previous model, which featured a 4.2-litre turbocharged motor that produced 90 kW and 282 Nm.

The Patrol Pickup’s 3.0 DTI engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, and also sports an intercooled turbocharger, 16-valve cylinder head, and a common-rail fuel-injection system for improved filtration, greater efficiency, enhanced durability and increased power output; all of which contribute to the Patrol’s classleading towing capacity of 2 500 kg, and its hefty payload rating (1 090 kg).

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