Following the re-introduction of the 5-door version of the Y61 Nissan Patrol Super Safari, Nissan has also made available the 3-door variety – also known as the Hard Top version – due to observed demand for the short wheelbase version by 4WD-loving Gulf customers.
Besides a few roaming the streets of Dubai, they also stationed one at the Ramadan tent at Mina Al Salam and we love the way it looks! Upping the aesthetic quotient are machine cut, black 17-inch wheels framed by grey over fenders and attractive red Super Safari graphics which adorn the vehicle’s flanks. There are two colour choices for the body, two-tone combinations of either grey and white or grey and gold, while on the inside a rustic tan interior is the sole option, with a leather and wood print steering wheel.
In engine terms, again there is only one choice in the form of Nissan’s proven 4.8L 6 inline cylinder DOHC unit which produces 280 HP and 451 Nm of torque. We drove the 5-door briefly over some sandy terrain and found it to amazingly capable, whilst being comfortable. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. It also gets Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to increase safety while driving on the highway over long distances at higher speeds.
Other new driver aids include a navigation system as well as front and rear parking sensors with much-needed rear view camera, Bluetooth, USB, CD, auxiliary input socket and FM/AM radio to complete the in-car entertainment offering. The vehicle comes equipped with automatic climate control and a built-in, refrigerated cool box.
In terms of safety, it has been equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, an immobilizer and cruise control, while the vehicle boasts rear locking differentials, front and rear tow hooks as standard equipment for desert use with an electric front winch available as an option.
With a starting price well under AED 200,000, the 3-door Nissan Patrol Super Safari like a compelling buy for the buyer looking for off-road prowess in a retro-looking SUV!