Nissan upgrades Patrol

Nissan has upgraded its Patrol SUV model with new V8 engines, a 7-speed automatic transmission and a

The new upgraded Patrol offers a VK56VD' 5.6-litre V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) and DIG (direct injection gasoline) technology which generates 400hp and 560Nm of torque. The components have been redesigned to improve performance and response, the addition of a new 7-speed automatic transmission with a range of gear ratios helps to deliver more efficient power.

According to Nissan, the new Patrol deploys a hydraulic body motion control system (HBMC), which keeps the car flatter with less body roll during lane-changing and cornering as well as stability on rugged and sandy tracks. It also offers a new suspension system, a 4-wheel independent suspension, upgraded from the previous rigid axle setup. The combination of HBMC and suspension system delivers improved handling and stability both on and off road terrain.

In addition, the Patrol version also features a new ALL MODE 4x4 system which allows driver to switch between four drive modes including sand, on-road, snow and rock, a new hill start assist and hill descent control, a revised tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS) with tyre inflation indicator and new brake system with new hydraulic brake booster and 4-piston opposed front caliper setup with larger 358mm front discs.

Takashi Fukui, chief vehicle engineer of Nissan, said: "By the time we came around to adding the new body and interior, we had virtually completed our reliability and durability testing and perfected all of the new technologies."