Nissan Middle East has just launched the new 2019 Nissan Patrol Gazelle edition exclusive to the UAE and loaded to the max with enough off-roading kit to go snorkelling – seriously, this thing has a water wading depth of a metre-and-a-half…
When the good ol’ Super Safari just isn’t enough, Nissan Middle East has launched the new 2019 Nissan Patrol Gazelle in the UAE ready to take on any off-roading trail you can find.
In fact the company has launched two new versions of the venerable old Y61 generation Patrol, both turned out right here in the UAE by the company’s regional department – the first is called the Patrol Gazelle and costs AED224,000 if you order it properly with a manual transmission, otherwise it’s ED229,000 with an automatic ‘box. The second one is the Patrol Gazelle-X, and this overlander is rounded off to a neat AED300,000, which means it’s easily treading on some Ford F-150 Raptor territory, which as you can see from our review of the Yank truck would save you about 80 grand.
The Patrol Gazelle-X however, comes prepared for this particular duel in the desert, adorned with tan leather and a whole bunch of Gazelle logos. But seriously, it also comes with kit that wouldn’t make you think twice about setting off towards Cape Town, because the interior comes with retractable drawers crammed with off-roading equipment like tow rope, ramps, and bits and bobs, as well as a dual air compressor with digital control.
The oily bits received even more attention so the Patrol Gazelle-X features a substantial 4.0-inch lift kit, new differentials front and rear, 17-inch wheels and 12-inch wide tyres, as well as an air snorkel, which you might actually need seeing as Nissan Middle East rates the thing with a maximum water wading depth of 1,500mm. To put that in context, a Range Rover will only ford about 900mm of water.
With local rocky wadis in mind, the 2019 Nissan Patrol Gazelle-X also comes with loads of skid plates, beefy bumpers, electric winch, fender flares, massive LED light bar, and a roof rack, but whether all of this is worth AED300,000 we’ll see by the amount of these things out on the dunes. Or more likely, in the fast lane flashing you to get by.