UNMISTAKABLE PRESTIGE, INSIDE AND OUT
Signature design changes for the new Patrol include Nissan’s V-motion grille, interpreted in a new way for SUVs. Along with the new boomerang-shaped LED headlights, the revised grille highlights the Patrol’s strong, angular front. At the rear, the Patrol’s new taillights also sport the boomerang shape. They are seamlessly integrated along with a large chrome nameplate and sequential rear turn indicators, which have been added for the first time on a Nissan vehicle. Machine-cut 18” alloy wheels add a formidable presence, with the all-new Organic C-Signature LED lights making this sleek design standout. Attention to detail and luxury means a truly first-class travel experience for all. Inside, the class-leading interior space sports a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, a multi-screen DVD entertainment system, 8” rear seat entertainment, independent wireless headphones and remote-enabled passenger vehicle infotainment, allowing all passengers to enjoy the ride.
The new Nissan Patrol puts control at your fingertips with an 8” colour touch information screen, Bluetooth hands free and audio streaming, climate control, Intelligent Key® with push button start and remote keyless entry – all helping you to get to your destination in a way that’s connected and effortless.
New diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with added padding provide a luxurious feel, as does the new hand-stitched steering wheel. In addition, climate control and powered lumbar support are available for the front seats. Significant reductions in noise and vibration result in a quieter, more pleasant cabin. Improved cooling and air flow distribution systems lead to quicker cooling.
THE LATEST IN TECH
The Nissan Patrol leads with Nissan Intelligent Mobility, equipped with driver assistance technology that helps you see and sense more, with a dynamic range of safety technologies. It’s a more connected, confident way to drive in all conditions.
The new Patrol comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system that warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s forward field of vision. The advanced radar system does not only sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also that of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one. Also included are standard Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Driver Alert, which analyses the driver steering behavior to signal and alert if signs of drowsiness or inattention are detected.
Responsive braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc brake system with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Also, standard is 4-wheel limited-slip diff (LSD) and a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system, which automatically prevents the vehicle from sliding sideways on slippery road surfaces when changing lanes or negotiating a curve. Steering is provided by an engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.
PURE POWER AND ADVANCED CAPABILITIES
The Nissan Patrol is known for being one of the most capable, sophisticated and advanced cars in the market. This latest offering builds on its illustrious heritage. There is no substitute for power and torque, and the Nissan Patrol’s 5.6L V8 engine allows you to go where others don’t dare. With this class-leading engine boasting 298kW of power, and an exceptional 560Nm of torque, this powerful engine allows you to take command of any terrain.
Power and technology meet with Intelligent 4×4, ensuring that no matter how demanding the driving conditions, the Nissan Patrol will have maximum grip at all times, seamlessly transferring drive between wheels and axles. Simply switch between four drive modes with just a press of a button. Even with more power, passengers can enjoy a more comfortable ride, thanks to improved suspension and vibration reduction. The new Nissan Patrol is the epitome of both premium and design and the latest tech as the pinnacle of intelligence and sophistication on the one hand and the perfect SUV for adventure on the other.
MUNICH’S NEXT SUPER POWER
It seems the German super saloon power war won’t be over any time soon, with the next-generation BMW M5 set to push well beyond the 500kW mark, which is according to the latest rumours.
Although nothing is officially confirmed, Autocar reports that a source close to the car company has stated that the next-generation BMW M5 will come with a hybrid drivetrain that boosts its power output to beyond 520kW. Some rumours even pointing to around 590kW and 1000Nm, ludicrous as that sounds. Consider that the current BMW M5 pushes a ‘mere’ 460kW and 750Nm.
It is believed that the upcoming super saloon, due in 2024, will come with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that will pair an updated version of the current 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 to a rear-mounted electric motor. As before, power will go to all four wheels through a rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system, Autocar said, and M fans can also look forward to a “heavily reworked” chassis.
While the new BMW M5 is expected to hit the shelves in two years from now, the next-generation ‘regular’ 5 Series is set to surface in 2023, offering a wide variety of powertrains that allow customers to choose from internal combustion, plug-in hybrid and fully electric variants. The new 5 will be formed around an updated version of the current CLAR architecture. Although BMW is going big on electrification, with the carmaker expecting half of its sales to be made up of fully electric cars by 2030, internal combustion engines will still be part of the mix for a long time to come.
In 2020, BMW’s R&D chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe that BMW plans to continue producing petrol engines for at least another 30 years, while its diesel motors have around 20 years left. However, buyers sticking to ICE will have fewer options as BMW revealed at its AGM earlier this year that the company would be cutting its internal combustion engine range by half by 2025.
CAYENNE PLATINUM EDITION: A PORSCHE WITH A DIFFERENCE
Exclusive design elements and more standard features – that’s what buyers can expect from the new Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition that was revealed this past Monday. The new Porsche derivative will be available in the standard Cayenne as well as the Cayenne S and E-Hybrid models, and buyers will also get to choose between the regular SUV body style and the more rakish Coupe.
So, what sets it apart? The new Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition comes with an array of unique exterior features, including 21-inch ‘RS Spyder Design’ wheels, painted in satin-finish Platinum. This colour is also applied to the car’s front air intake slats as well as the Porsche lettering on the LED rear light strip and the badging. Other unique touches include sport tailpipes and side window trims in black.
Buyers can choose from five exterior paint hues, including the special colour Crayon, as well as Jet Black, Carrara White, Mahogany and Moonlight Blue. Interior embellishments come in the form of Crayon seat belts, a textured aluminium interior package and brushed aluminium door entry sills with ‘Platinum Edition’ logos.
As mentioned, there is an extended range of standard equipment, such as a Bose surround-sound system, eight-way adjustable leather sports seats with the Porsche Crest on the headrests, an analogue clock, panoramic roof, privacy glass and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. Prospective buyers can also make their own refinements to the interior and exterior of the car through the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur division.
For the record, the Cayenne is powered by a 3.0-litre turbopetrol engine that produces 250kW and 450Nm. The Cayenne S has a 2.9 V6 that offers 324kW and 550Nm. The E-Hybrid pairs the aforementioned 3.0 V6 to an electric motor for a system output of 340kW. Sales of the Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022, with pricing as follows.
A RENEGADE WITH A MORE PURPOSEFUL FACE, AND A DIGITAL CABIN
The facelifted Jeep Renegade has been revealed by the brand’s Brazilian division ahead of its anticipated global rollout.
The updated compact SUV model receives a fresh new face, tweaked cabin and a new 1.3-litre turbopetrol engine. In the Brazilian model, which is badged T270, the ‘Turboflex’ engine produces around 135kW. Although the 2022 Jeep Renegade retains a familiar look, the front has been given a complete redesign, with new front bumper and smaller headlight and grille cluster giving it a more purposeful appearance. Round back you’ll find new taillights featuring a new ‘x’ shaped LED signature.
The cabin gains a new steering wheel inherited from the Compass SUV, and the little Jeep receives a digital instrument cluster for the first time. Infotainment is via a modern 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system. The Jeep Renegade was first introduced in 2015, hence a facelift is probably long overdue. It is currently sold in the Southern Africa in four variants, with power coming from a 1.4 turbopetrol engine, or a 2.4 normally aspirated unit in the case of the Trailhawk 4×4 model.