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Powerful 114kW large capacity Turbo-Diesel added to Patrol lineup.
Nissan's GU Patrol 4WD lineup has been further boosted with the introduction of the new large capacity 4.2-litre turbocharged diesel powerplant in the ST wagon.
This closely follows the successful launch of the Patrol Cab Chassis models which featured the debut of the powerful 114kW turbo-diesel engine.
Patrol's six cylinder engine lineup now includes 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, 4.5-litre petrol. 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated diesel and 4.2-litre turbo-diesel.
Patrol turbo-diesel models range in price from $40,550 (RRP) for the RD28T model to $52,990 (RRP) for the new 4.2-litre version.
Nissan Australia's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Leon Daphne welcomed the new addition to the Patrol range.
"The large capacity turbo-diesel Patrol is a well-specified and sharply-priced addition to the Patrol lineup," Mr Daphne said. "Combined with the recently introduced Cab Chassis models, Nissan now has a Patrol model range which is second-to-none in the large 4WD market."
Nissan is targetting 100 sales per month for the new 4.2-litre turbo-diesel Patrol wagon.
According to Nissan Australia's Director Sales and Marketing, Mr Paul Stead, target customers for the large capacity turbo-diesel wagon include rural buyers and those who tow heavy trailers such as horse floats, caravans and boats.
"Nissan dealers have for some time requested a large capacity turbo-diesel for the Patrol lineup and with seven seats, 114kW of power and rated maximum towing capacity up to 3,5OOkgs, the 4.2-litre turbo-diesel ST Patrol wagon has the right specs and the right price.., it's sure to be another standout performer in the Nissan range," Mr Stead said.
Under the bonnet, the 4.2-litre turbo-diesel is derived from Nissan's proven naturally-aspirated diesel of the same capacity. The new turbo-diesel variant produces 114kW of power at 3,600rpm and hefty torque of 330Nm at 2,000rpm.
The torque curve is impressively flat with 95 per cent of peak torque available from 1.500rpm. This ensures the turbo-diesel delivers good pulling power at the bottom end for towing and at the top end for overtaking.
Inside are the usual ST model Patrol features and specifications including seven-seat capacity, air-conditioning and four-speaker stereo with in-dash CD to name a few.
All ST Patrol models offer versatile seating arrangements that can be used selectively according to the number of passengers and cargo to be carried. The front seats fold down fully flat. The second row seats have a 50:50 split forward folding design and incorporate a reclining function. The third row seats have a 50:50 split design and fold upwards towards the sides to provide high space utilisation efficiency - a mountain bike can be stored upright.
Like all other ST model Patrols, the turbo-diesel variant comes with a standard drivers' side airbag which has been specifically developed and tested to ensure it meets the rigorous demands of combined sealed-road and off-road driving.
And like all other GU model Patrol wagons, the turbo-diesel ST comes with a strong roof drip channel shape and heavy duty roof railing which enables a maximum permissible roof load of 200kgs - the best in the class.
Underneath, ST turbo-diesel models are identical to other ST variants - three-link coil front suspension with heavy-duty leading arms and an anti-roll bar. Rear suspension is five-link coils with trailing arms and an anti-roll bar.
Both front and rear shock absorbers are double-acting telescopic and are located behind the coil springs for easy service and protection from stones, branches and other debris often encountered in off-road situations.
Suspension travel - the most critical factor in off-road performance - is impressive. GU Patrol offers 220mm of stroke at the front and 240mm at the rear. The approach angle is 37 degrees, the departure angle is 31 degrees and the ramp angle is 27 degrees.
Wading depth is 700mm - that's 100mm more than the superseded GQ model Patrol.
The turning circle is 12.5 metres which means Patrol is surprisingly manoeuvreable in city and suburban environments.
Large ventilated disc brakes are fitted all-round (306x32mm fronts and 316x18mm rears) with semi-metallic brake pads. Front/rear brake balance is handled by a linkage-type LSV valve to maintain braking performance in accordance with the varying loads carried by Patrol owners.
Patrol is part-time four-wheel-drive and all ST models have auto-lock free wheeling hubs so selection between 2WD and 4WD high can be made on the move.
The standard transmission is Nissan's five-speed manual and a limited slip differential is standard on all models.
The 4.2-litre turbo-diesel Patrol wagon - like all other ST models - is available in a choice of six exterior colours.