By: IOL Motoring Staff
Pretoria - Nissan has given its Patrol Pickup something of a refresh to bolster its battle against the Toyota Land Cruiser PU, which has undergone a facelift and received a V8 engine option in recent years.
The latest Patrol bakkie remains true to its go-anywhere workhorse origins, but adds a fresher look and a new diesel engine.
The 3.0 DTi 16-valve, commonrail oil burner is turbocharged and intercooled, and boasts outputs of 110kW at 3600rpm and 371Nm between 1800 and 2400rpm. As those figures show, it's more about lower-speed load lugging than sprinting between robots and Nissan also claims a class-leading towing capacity of 2500kg.
According to its maker, the Patrol Pickup drinks 10.9 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, but you won't be stopping to fill up very often as the two fuel tanks have a combined capacity of 175 litres. That means 1600km between fill-ups if you manage to match Nissan's claimed consumption figure.