The Nissan Safari is a four-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Nissan in Japan since 1980. Outside of Japan, it is known as the Nissan Patrol—a name carried over from the Safari’s predecessor. The car is available in Australasia, Central and South America, South Africa, parts of Southeast Asia and Western Europe as well as Iran and the middle east. The Safari has been available as either a short-wheelbase (SWB) three-door or a long-wheelbase (LWB) five-door chassis. The LWB version has also been offered in utility and cab chassis variants alongside the wagon. Between 1988 and 1994, Ford of Australia marketed the Safari-based Patrol as the Ford Maverick. The Maverick was available alongside the Nissan-branded Patrol. Also, in some European countries the Safari was for a short while marketed as Ebro Patrol.

he second generation Y60 (GQ) platform is still manufactured as a military vehicle in the countries of Asia and the Middle East, and various versions of the Patrol are widely used by United Nations agencies. These Y60 models are produced alongside the current Y61.

First generation (4W60, 4W70; 1951-1960)

The Indian Army used the Nissan Patrol 1952 model under the light truck category. The name as per the Indian army records is Jonga. Under license from Nissan, the Indian Government indigenously produced these vehicles, in their Vehicle Factory at Jabalpur. Jonga has been replaced by the lighter Mahindra & Mahindra jeeps. Most army auctioned pieces have also been scrapped by their subsequent civilian owners. Hence the Jonga is becoming a rarity.

Series Body styles Engines (gasoline)
4W60 series
(Later named Nissan Patrol)
SWB: soft top (4W60, 61,65,66)
SWB: fire truck (F4W61,65,66)
Troop carrier, weapon carrier P/P40

Second generation (60 series; 1960-1980)

The soft-top Nissan Patrol 60 (two-door; 2200 mm wheelbase) and G60 (two-door; 2500 mm wheelbase) were first sold in Australia in 1960. Left-hand drive L60/GL60 models were sold outside of Australia. The 60 series gained attention as the first vehicle to drive across the Simpson Desert in Australia.

The 4WD Nissan Patrol G60 was produced in short, medium and long wheel-base versions. It had a manual transmission type-F3B83L at first with 3 and latter with 4 speeds, 2 speed transfer case with part-time four wheel drive. The motor was a P40 engine with 3956cc (241.4cu in), inline overhead valve 6 cylinder, features bathtub shaped combustion chambers and fully balanced 7 bearing crank shaft. With 2 doors in front and 1 at back and 4 seats (driver, and companion in front, two parallel back seats) in the long wheel base version, the G60 could have an 8 passenger’s capacity. Other characteristics are: Wheelbase: 2.8m (9’2″, 110″) Load: 1000kg (2205lb) Bore: 85.7mm (3.374in) Stroke: 114.3mm (4.500in) Suspension: live-leaf/live-leaf Brakes: drum/drum Tyres: 7.50×16; Fuel tank 64L capacity

In 1963, the KG60 (and KGL60) hard-top models were introduced.

Series Body styles Engines (gasoline)
60 series 60:SWB: soft top, hard top
G60:LWB:soft top station wagon, van
H60:Super LWB:station wagon, van, cab chassis
FH60:Super LWB:fire truck

Third generation (160, 1980–1985; 161, 1985–1987; cab chassis, 19xx–1994)

Introduced in 1989, replacing 60 series.

Series Body styles Engines
(gasoline & Diesel)
160 series 160/161:SWB: soft top, hard top
G160/G161:LWB:station wagon, van, cab chassis
FG160/FG161:LWB:fire truck

Fourth generation (260; 1990–1994)

Fifth generation (Y60; 1987–1998)

From 1988 to 1994, Ford Australia rebadged the Y60 (GQ) Patrol, as the Ford Maverick. This was a result of the Button car plan devised by the Government of Australia.

Sixth generation (Y61; 1997–2010)

Y61 models first appeared in 1997, available in 4.5L petrol and 2.8L Turbo Diesel, 3.0L Turbo Diesel, 4.2L diesel, 4.2L Turbo Diesel, 4.2L Turbo Diesel Intercooler variants. In 2004 a significant facelift model was released.

Seventh generation (2010–)

Spy shots of what appears to be the next Nissan Safari have just popped up from the Middle East. The Patrol is a Toyota Land Cruiser competitor that has until now only been sold in markets outside of North America. It is believed, however, that Nissan may consider bringing this 2010 version of the Patrol to the States to fill some of the holes left by the cancellation of the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56. Adopting design cues like a cantilevered roof from the 2007 Nissan Terranaut Concept.

It is expected that the new Patrol will utilise a body-on-frame chassis using the platform developed for the Armada. Engine options are expected to include a 4.8L V8 originally developed for the Armada, a 4.0L V6 currently found in the Pathfinder and Navara and a 3.0L V6 turbo diesel (co-developed with Renault) that is rumored to produce 265 hp and 405 ft-lbs of torque, and the current 4.8L inline-6 will be available for the SWB Patrol, with additional 15hp due to some minor updates. These engines will be teamed with 6 speed automatic and manual gearboxes and driven through an all-mode four wheel drive system similar to that seen in the Nissan Pathfinder and Navara. A specially developed off road traction control system is also expected, similar in concept to that seen in the Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery 3.

There is considerable speculation that Nissan may abandon the Patrol’s traditional live front and rear axles for the next generation Patrol which is something of a sore point in Australia where the big Nissan is extremely popular with recreational four wheel driver’s who prefer the superior wheel travel and axle articulation only offered by live axles. Nissan has remained tight lipped about the possibility of fully independent rear suspension for the next generation Patrol however independent front suspension is looking increasingly likely, however Nissan have moved to assure die hard Patrol fans in Australia and UAE that the next generation Patrol is still designed with extreme off road ability in mind.

Nissan patrol finished the Abu Dhabi’s Desert Challenge


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