Robust, unbreakable, cheap. The Nissan Patrol is a name synonymous with ruggedness, a legendary off-roader capable of going anywhere, anytime. Meticulously honed for over five decades, the Nissan Patrol is Nissan's main big SUV model and enjoys a rich heritage particularly in the Middle East that dates rear to the 1950's. This off-road trendsetter was one of the first dedicated four-wheel-drive cars in the climatically demanding Middle East region, and boasts the notable distinction of also being the first car to successfully cross the grueling Simpson Desert in Australia rear in 1962.
Under the banner of The Hero Comes Home the Nissan Patrol is rear as an all-new seventh generation model, building on its cool history, but at the same time, incorporating a new platform, a radical new layout direction, significantly improved dashboard convenience and luxury, comprehensive new V8 engines, a 7-speed automatic transmission and a new 4WD system.
We paid special attention to the needs of current Nissan Patrol owners, and their passengers, and so focused on creating first-class levels of convenience for the whole family. Heightened luxury, a roomier cab and a quieter ride combine to achieve this objective, while maintaining Nissan Patrol's superior off-road heritage stresses Hiroyuki Fushiki, project head and Segment Chief Offering Specialist.
Wanting to create the best possible Nissan Patrol, developers first tuned and tested 200 prototypes for dynamic evaluation at the company's Motegi, Oppama and Tochigi proving grounds before sending them to the Middle East where they were exposed to each imaginable challenge; desert, rocky surfaces, highways and inner-city traffic. By the time we came around to adding the new body and dashboard, we had virtually completed our reliability and durability testing and perfected all of the new technologies, says chief car engineer, Takashi Fukui.
Mitsubishi’s long succesful Pajero SUV, has gone through a minor cosmetic changes for the upcoming 2007 (MY07) model. The fourth generation Pajero SUV is on display at the 2006 Paris Motor Show and is expected to go on sale in Australia and Japan in October 2006. The first generation Mitsubishi Pajero was launched in 1982 and 2.5 million Pajeros have so far been sold worldwide. Mitsubishi has released a very small amount of information regarding the 4th generation Pajero, but says that the latest Pajero offers reliability forged in the crucible of grueling competition and use under the harshest conditions to be found on our planet, referring to its many Dakar Rally victories. The new Pajero is set to retain the all-round SUV specifications of its predecessor, including ground clearance and other all-terrain performance parameters. New features for the Mitsubishi SUV include new engines, which will include a 3.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel with common rail direct fuel injection and a 3.8-litre V6 gasoline unit with variable valve timing. Another new feature that Mitsubishi has revealed is the 4WD system. It will be comprised of a new system dubbed Super Select 4WD-II, complete with a transfer case with both ASTC2 and a rear differential lock. The new features on the vehicle is a welcome change from the Pajero’s somewhat ancient feel. Mitsubishi says that the new 4WD system was developed to deliver significant improvements in both off-road and tarmac performance, and with the new updates and chassis tweaks the Pajero’s Dakar Rally exploits are expected to continue. The Mitsubishi Pajero is being built at the Pajero Manufacturing facility in Gifu Prefecture in Japan. I look forward to more pictures of the new Pajero at the Paris Motor Show alongside the similarly-styled next generation of Pajero Evolution which will be entered at the 2007 Dakar Rally.