Car reviews - Nissan - Patrol - DX Hardtop 2-dr wagon
20 Mar 1992
RIGHT from its onset the GQ Patrol two-door hardtop and four-door wagon variants shot Nissan into the 4WD big time by offering buyers exceptional on-road comfort and refinement combined with excellent off-road ability at a fraction of the Range Rover’s (rising) price, as well as chunky, modern good looks. New to the GQ was the long-travel all-round coil suspension, 4.2-litre six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic option and an 4.2-litre OHV diesel unit. Its predecessor’s straight-line 4WD transfer shift pattern was retained though improved and refined, while on-the-fly low to 2-high to 4-high was now possible. Cabin space increased markedly, while comfort features included power steering, radio, clock and a tachometer. The GQ range consisted of the two-door five-seat Hardtop and four-door wagon. Extensive underbody changes lurked underneath the mildly facelifted GQ Series II, including a revised 4.2-litre engine that included fuel-injection and other modifications, although the revised DX Hardtop featured here retained the old 4.2 TB42S carburettor unit. Transmission, suspension, steering and sound deadening refinements were incorporated, along with bigger brakes and wheels and the standardisation of a limited slip differential and auto freewheeling hubs. New seats, trim and side intrusion bars were also introduced. There was one more GQ facelift from early ’95, which saw the series through to the all-new GU Patrol of early '98.
Model release date: 1 February 1992 to 1 February 1995
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