The Patrol saw off four competitors in the first round of testing in northern Australia before moving to central Australia for the final round where it was pitted against the new Landcruiser.
At the end of the testing, Australian 4WD Action put the verdict to the readers, with all the facts to compare, the final decision was a runaway victory to the mighty Patrol turbo-diesel.
The Patrol’s rugged design, off-road performance and updated 3.0-litre common-rail intercooled turbo-diesel have earned it a reputation as one of the best off-road vehicles in the market.
Nissan’s Patrol wagon diesel line-up includes the five-seat DX and seven-seat ST, ST-L and Ti variants. Apart from the 3.0-litre diesel, customers also have the choice of the powerful 4.8-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine available on ST, ST-L and Ti models. A five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission is available with the ZD30 diesel engine and the TB48 petrol comes with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
Nissan’s Patrol is tough and capable: it will climb a 39-degree gradient and wade through 700mm of water. Beam axles front and rear allow excellent wheel articulation over the roughest terrain, while the long suspension travel and generous ground clearance all contribute to the Patrol’s formidable off-road ability.
Nissan Australia’s managing director and CEO Dan Thompson, said the Patrol is clearly a popular choice and its win is testament to Nissan’s expertise in four-wheel drives.
“The Patrol epitomizes Nissan’s four-wheel drive know-how and its off-road ability is legendary,” said Mr Thompson.
“We are pleased Australian 4WD Action readers agree with us that there is nothing better than a Patrol.”
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