2015 Nissan Patrol Safari | new car review
Extremely capable off-roader
Just one engine on offer
The 2015 Nissan Patrol Safari is best described as a ‘rugged off-roader’. And for those of you wondering what that looks like, it’s high bumpers, flared wheel arches, phenomenal ground clearance and minimal effort into making the bodywork stand out. But don’t be fooled into thinking it isn’t good looking, because many, including myself, prefer the Patrol Safari over that portable two-bedroom apartment Nissan refer to as the sixth generation Patrol.
It’s all quite simplistic in the Patrol Safari, the steering wheel isn’t overloaded with buttons and the centre console doesn’t resemble an aircraft cockpit, yet oddly enough, it feels just right. With the capacity to seat 7 in the long-wheel-base variant, and 5 in the short-wheel-base variant, the Patrol Safari is a fine blend of practicality and functionality.
With an approach angle of 37 degrees, a departure angle of 31 degrees, ramp angle of 27 degrees and a maximum tilt of 48 degrees, the 2015 Nissan Patrol Safari is relentless. And the number boasting doesn’t end there, because wading through 700 mm of water is also one of its tricks.
What’s on offer?
The 4.8 litre inline 6 engine is mated to a 5 speed automatic or manual transmission and produces 280 horsepower and 451 Nm of torque. In terms of pricing, the Patrol Safari will set you back anywhere between AED 176,500 and AED 187,000 depending on the bells and whistles you opt for.
Is the 2015 Nissan Patrol Safari a technophile’s hideout? No, far from it. But here’s one reason you should consider owning one: it’s nearly AED 45,000 less than its long-standing rival, the Toyota Land Cruiser.
|Specifications||2015 Nissan Patrol Safari|
|Engine/ Cylinders||4.8 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|280 hp @ 4,800 RPM|
|451 Nm @ 3,600 RPM|
|Transmission||5 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 secs|
|Top speed||190 km/h|
|Price||AED 176,500 - 187,000|