Nissan Patrol 2010 tested by tour operators
The local dealer for Nissan organised an event for safari tour companies in the UAE to thoroughly test the all-new 2010 Nissan Patrol in the local deserts. Dubbed regionally as the ‘Hero of all Terrain’, the 2010 Patrol just recently went on sale on April 1st at showrooms across the UAE, and Nissan seems keen to make tour operators replace their Toyota Land Cruisers with Nissan Patrols.
Arabian Automobiles, the exclusive dealer of Nissan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, organised the day of dune-bashing for tour companies to test the off-roading capabilities of the vehicle. Since its global world premiere launch in February 2010 in the region, the new 7th-generation Patrol has been “reviewed by media experts and Patrol owners praising the vehicle’s high standard of quality and technologies and for its specific suitability to the region thanks to the more than 13,000 hours of testing in local deserts conducted by Nissan engineers in the new Patrol’s development phase.” Don’t quote us on that though, because we haven’t even touched the steering wheel yet.
Since going on sale on April Fool’s Day this year, Arabian Automobiles has delivered more than 450 units of new Patrols, well in excess of the company’s original sales volume projections. Technically speaking, it should also be a good desert-safari vehicle, given its new-found spaciousness.
The 2010 Patrol now uses a world-first Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system for ultimate roll control and stability off-road or on-road. A new All Mode 4×4 system also allows traction to be optimised for sand, road, snow and rock conditions. A new 5.6-litre direct injection V8 engine offers best-in-class power and torque, and yet with better fuel economy is fitted under the bonnet. A new 7-speed automatic transmission with Manual Shift Mode and a Multi-screen individual rear seat DVD system and built-in cool box are also available on the specification list.
It may be a case of too much technology to do something that requires nothing more than four big driven wheels, a lifted chassis and an engine. Because our contacts within the safari industry are reporting some hilarious outcomes during this event involving some upside-down confusion. We’ll let you picture the rest.