Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Grunt with Style and Comfort; All-New Nissan Patrol 4WD Features All-Terrain Technology for 21st Century

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Grunt with Style and Comfort; All-New Nissan Patrol 4WD Features All-Terrain Technology for 21st Century

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WITH its fresh new styling, superior packaging, powerful but efficient V8 engine, clever off-road technologies and higher levels of luxury and comfort, the all-new Nissan Patrol resets the class benchmark.

A bedrock of the 4WD culture for nearly 60 years since production of the model began in Japan in 1951, Patrol is elevated to new on and off-road, performance paradigms.

The 2010 Australian International Motor Show will give visitors their first look at the new generation Patrol ahead of its local market launch once right hand drive production plans are confirmed some time in 2011.

The Nissan Patrol is synonymous with rugged, unbreakable reliability and supreme off-road capability: It is a legendary off-roader. Since 1960, when it was first sold in Australia, the Patrol has crafted a rich heritage and passionate following, as it has in arduous terrain environments around the world.

The original G60 Patrol has the notable distinction of being the first vehicle in 1962 to successfully cross the gruelling Simpson Desert, firmly establishing its go-anywhere credentials.

The all-new Nissan Patrol is a technological tour de force, even more capable, even more advanced and well-equipped to challenge the largest and most complete all-wheel drive SUVs.

It introduces a new platform, a radical design direction, significantly enhanced interior comfort and luxury, a powerful new V8 engine with exceptional drivability, a new seven-speed automatic transmission, and a new Allmode 4x4 system.

Beauty is more than skin deep: To overhaul its competitors, engineers working on the new Patrol project tuned and tested 200 prototypes for dynamic evaluation at the company's Motegi, Oppama and Tochigi proving grounds in Japan before sending them to the Middle East for testing.

An early prototype mule was also tested in some of Australia's most unforgiving conditions, including the Red Centre. …

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