Nissan has launched a special edition of its popular SUV – the Patrol Titanium in Australia. The vehicle has been jointly developed by the Japanese carmaker and Pat Callinan (4X4 Adventures host).
The Patrol Y61 ST on which the special edition model is based gets off-road equipment worth Rs 6.68 lakh (AUD 12,500). The additions include a rugged steel bumper with auxiliary lights and an electric winch at the front; a snorkel, tow bar kit, roof rack and spare tyre cover gives it a rugged off-roader look.The changes inside are limited to a GPS navigation system and reversing camera.
It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine producing 158bhp and 380Nm of torque mated to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to all four-wheels.
To add to its exclusivity,buyers will get a "Titanium Edition key ring" and a subscription to Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures magazine. Only 300 of these vehicles will be made and prices start at Rs 30.99 lakh (AUD57,990).
The Patrol Y61 is currently under production in a few countries including Australia where it competes with the Toyota Landcruiser 70. It is a nostalgic moment for car lovers to see products from the bygone era being sold as new.Although the Patrol was still being sold until the last four-five years, the Landcruiser 70 was discontinued about a decade ago in Japan and re-introduced. As enthusiasts we wish Indian carmakers re-launch old cars that have a cult following and doesn’t every enthusiast wish the same?