Nissan Middle East has officially rolled out a trio of custom modified Nissan Patrol Safari models (the older Y61 platform) to cater to the needs of off-road enthusiasts in the region. The current range of Safari and Super Safari models are already popular with off-road drivers, due to their lower entry cost and ability to be modified.
Commenting on the launch, Kalyana Sivagnanam, Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Nissan AMI and President of Nissan Middle East said, “The Middle East inspired the very creation of the Patrol Safari range, and it has an enduring popularity in the region, amongst Gulf nationals and expats alike. The highly encouraging year-on-year sales figures are testament to the car’s status as an inseparable part of the social and cultural fabric of the Middle East. At Nissan we understand the importance of the Patrol Safari to the people of the Gulf, and in response to popular demand, we have launched these three editions that are exclusive to the region. We are confident that the launch of the Patrol Falcon, Gazelle and Gazelle X will further cement the car’s status as the all-conquering, off-roading vehicle of choice for desert-lovers in the Middle East.”
The company hopes to build on its current 30% growth (year on year) figure for the Nissan Patrol Safari range, with a region inspired approach to modification and product positioning. The vehicles will be ordered out of Japan with essential modifications to the drivetrain, but all other modifications are being done in the United Arab Emirates under Nissan Middle East oversight.
The overview of the three new variant offerings sees the Falcon gaining minimum exterior mods other than chrome front bumper, front skid plate, LED light bar, DRLs, some semi gloss black elements and chrome finished petrol can holder and rear wheel cover (with a falcon design).
The interiors have tan-leather seats with Falcon badging along with a refrigerated cooler box, dual front airbags, keyless entry system, air conditioning with Independent Rear Cooling System, ABS, and Automatic Speed Control (ASCD) and an analog air compressor.
The Gazelle comes in higher specced than the Falcon and has 17″ bronze modified wheels with 285mm multi terrain tyres, with a modified and raised steel bumpers, blackened grille, a 2″ lift kit with remote reservoir shocks, a digital air compressor and a front electric winch with a 4,300kg capacity.
The top of the line Gazelle X adds on LED cube lights, tow hooks, 315mm tyres on the 17″ alloy wheels, a hood scoop and a 30-inch roof mounted LED light bar. Performance upgrades a fifth gear overdrive in the manual transmission models, modified differential ratios at front and rear and a 4-inch lift kit. The interiors get a tan leather seat finish that is meant to mimic a gazelle’s face.
All three versions get the 4.8-litre 280hp, 452Nm six-cylinder engine with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed auto gearbox with vehicle dynamic control and tyre pressure monitoring. In addition to the low range, the Y61 already offers front and rear locking differentials.