We love our bakkies in South Africa. From lifestyle applications to rugged workhorse duties; the genre gets plenty of love in this market. Nissan has added the Patrol Pickup to their rugged bakkie range. It trades on a nameplate that’s older than 60 years and Nissan touts it as the ultimate “do-anything” machine for the roughest environments.
The Pickup is available in single-cab configuration, packing a three-litre turbocharged diesel mill under the hood with 110kW and 371Nm of torque. Nissan claims a towing capacity of 2500 kilograms and a fuel consumption figure of 10.9l/100km. Power is shifted via a five-speed manual transmission, with part-time four-wheel drive, low-range and a rear differential lock.
On the styling front, it’s naturally butch and still recalls much of the Patrol SUV that many are familiar with. Inside you get air-conditioning, electric windows, dual airbags and anti-lock brakes. You can also tick spot lights, cattle rails, snorkels and a winch on the options list. There is one model in the range, priced at R476 900 which is inclusive of a three-year/100 000-kilometre warranty.