Nissan's heavy duty ute- the Patrol Cab Chassis - will be launched in October 2007, with a new look exterior design and Nissan's popular ZD30 3.0-litre inter-cooled turbo diesel engine.
Fitment of the 3.0-litre diesel is in direct response to Australian buyers- particularly fleet customers - as the local market accounts for 80 per cent of worldwide Patrol Cab Chassis sales.
The ZD30 turbo diesel engine, which is also used in the Patrol wagon range, has recently been updated with a common-rail fuel injection system. With a maximum output of 118kW at just 3200rpm and a torque delivery of 380Nm at 2000rpm in five-speed manual transmission models.
Fitment of the updated ZD30 turbo diesel engine to the Cab Chassis Patrol results in an increase to the rated towing capacity which rises to 3200 kg with trailer brakes fitted.
"The introduction of the common-rail fuel injected ZD30 turbo diesel provides substantial performance gains over the previous model's 4.2-litre diesel. As well as improved performance and refinement, the upgraded Patrol Cab Chassis now has a 3200kg rated towing capacity with trailer brakes, up from 2500kg on the previous model," said Mr Corcoran, Nissan's marketing product manager for SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Nissan are also introducing a number of exterior changes to the new Patrol Cab Chassis to bring it into line with the Patrol wagon. Changes include the inclusion of Nissan's trademark "four-wheel drive family" grille, new headlamps and revised front fender and bonnet.
Patrol Cab Chassis models are available in two specification levels- entry level DX or the higher specification ST. In DX specification, buyers have a choice of either coil or leaf-sprung rear suspension.
All DX leaf-sprung and ST coil-sprung models come with standard dual front airbags - 45-litre driver and 115-litre passenger airbag - while DX coil-sprung models are available with dual airbags as an option.
All Patrol Cab Chassis models come fitted with Nissan's five-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential as standard across the range. Coil sprung DX and ST models are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with dual piston front calipers while DX leaf-sprung models get 295mm drum brakes on the rear.
The coil-sprung rear suspension on the ST features five-link coils with trailing arms and an anti-roll bar. Both front and rear shock absorbers are double-acting telescopic and are located behind the coil springs for easy service and protection from stones, branches and other debris. At the front of all cab chassis Patrols is a long travel three link coil suspension with heavy-duty leading arms and an anti-roll bar.
On the inside the Patrol Cab Chassis range features double door seals (reduced wind noise and better dust sealing), wide opening doors, a CD player and air-conditioning. The ST variant adds to the standard spec with carpet, a large central console, power windows, central locking, variable intermittent wipers, side steps and map lights.
All DX models feature a driver's bucket seat and a two seater passenger bench with hard-wearing cloth trim while the higher specification ST models have two buckets seats with high quality moquette interior trim for added comfort.
Pricing for all variants remains unchanged, with the DX Leaf priced from $49,790* and DX Coil priced from $50,180*. The high-specification ST is priced from $52,890*.
*All prices quoted are recommended retail pricing and do not include, metallic paint, dealer delivery and on-road costs.