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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 4×4, 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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