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Road Test: Nissan Patrol V6 (2018)



The Nissan Patrol has aged beautifully over the years. This beast has been one of the favourites of off-roaders for years now. This time around, Nissan has dropped the V8 in favour of the V6 for the 2018 edition of Nissan Patrol. The Nissan Patrol combines luxury and power to offer one of the most luxurious and powerful drives you will ever have.

The Patrol V6 has had some changes in the cosmetics when it comes to the interior and the exterior. The front fascia of the Patrol V6 looks more muscular and athletic, since it comes with a front split radiator chrome filler. This has been a sort of trademark of the Nissan Patrol for years now, since it offers a striking front fascia overall. The LED headlights have been fitted with a daytime running lights system that comes standard in most modern day SUVs.

In terms of power, the Patrol V6’s 4.0L engine offers 275 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, and comes with an engine that has a capacity of 3954 cc. The LED fog-lamps on the Patrol V6 have been integrated into the front bumper and these are an essential part of the external drive profile of the SUV. The side profile of the 2018 Patrol is dominated by the chrome air intake vents on the side fenders.

You also get blackened A-pillars that offer an elegant touch to the overall exterior design. The SUV also comes with side steps that allows occupants to enter and leave the SUV as per their convenience. In addition, 20-inch machine-cut aluminum alloy wheels are thrown into the overall proposition of positioning the Patrol V6 as a powerhouse performer. The Nissan Patrol V6 can do 100-kmph in about 12 seconds – not bad for an upper large SUV.

The Patrol also comes with an automatic 4WD system that engages drive to all four wheels if and when the road becomes slippery. If 4WD is not needed, the Patrol can drive just with the rear wheels. If you want an alternative for off-road use, you can engage 4WD permanently by turning a dial. To select low-range gearing, which makes it easier to drive very slowly off road, you stop and then turn the dial a second time.

The Nissan Intelligent Key allows you to press a button on the door handle or hatch to unlock the doors, while keeping your keys in your pocket or purse. And with Remote Start you can start the SUV from about 60 meters away, allowing you to heat or cool the cabin. A reversing camera, cruise control, tilt and reach steering wheel adjustment, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and controls on the steering wheel for your phone and the sound system, are standard on the Patrol V6.

For entertainment, you get an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, with satellite navigation. An audio system with an AM/FM radio, a CD and DVD player, Bluetooth audio streaming, a hard drive (for music storage), and USB and iPod ports. Speakers are powered by Bose. The entertainment system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Patrol V6 also offers three-zone climate control, so that the driver, front-seat passenger and rear passengers can individually set their desired cabin temperatures. The Patrol V6 is a large SUV – so you get three rows of seats, which are all trimmed partly in leather. The front seats are also supported by an eight-way powered adjustment console. A rear differential lock lets you go further off road. You can also optimise the 4WD system for Rock, Sand or Snow.

The 2018 Nissan Patrol V6 is indeed a technology and performance powerhouse. If you like driving, you will fall in love with the Patrol. And since the Patrol’s steering is light, driving it around town and in the wilderness is a walk in the park. If we were to compare it to other large 4WDs, the Patrol deserves a mention among the top performers.

Price: AED 194,250 onwards

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PUBG MOBILE Partners with Dodge to Bring Their Vehicles to the Battlegrounds



PUBG MOBILE has announced a partnership with Dodge to bring its cars into the game. While it continues until November 6th, the collaboration will see three of Dodge’s powerful models introduced into PUBG MOBILE, made available with colour schemes exclusive to the game. Players will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Dodge and be given the opportunity to experience Dodge’s two high-end performance models – the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, named after their engine’s characteristic roar alongside the electric compact utility model, the Hornet.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be available in vivid Blaze and Lime colourways, and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Jailbreak in flame-licked Hellfire. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be available in Tuscan Torque and Fuchsia, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat JailBreak in Violet Venom. The collaboration will also see the introduction of the Dodge Hornet GLH – known for its lowered suspension and upgraded exhaust – in Redline, Sunburst and Scarlet Sting colourways.

Players can look forward to getting behind the in-game wheel of Dodge’s famous vehicles, known for their high horsepower, intense straight-line acceleration, and powerful handling. Enjoy Dodge’s signature muscle car, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its throwback-yet-modern style, the world’s only four-door muscle car, the Charger SRT Hellcat with a top speed of 203 mph and the Hornet, Dodge’s first electric model, which brings a new approach to their performance line-up.

“The PUBG MOBILE team is thrilled to announce our partnership with Dodge, merging the worlds of gaming and automotive innovation,” said Vincent Wang, Head of PUBG MOBILE Publishing at Tencent Games. “With multiple colour variants of their iconic cars coming to the game, we’re fusing the heart-pounding rush of iconic, high-performance muscle cars with the strategic intensity of PUBG MOBILE. We hope that players love what this collaboration has to offer.”

“Dodge has always been driven by a passion for performance, innovation, and pushing the limits of what’s possible,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. “Our collaboration with PUBG MOBILE is a testament to this philosophy, as we join forces to bring the breath-taking excitement of our high-performance muscle cars into the dynamic world of gaming.”

The PUBG MOBILE x Dodge collaboration update is available beginning tomorrow until Monday, November 6th.

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Inter Emirates Motors Launches MG T60 Pickup Truck



Inter Emirates Motors (IEM), a subsidiary of Ali & Sons Holding LLC and official distributor of MG Motor in the United Arab Emirates, proudly introduces the MG T60 truck to the UAE’s automotive landscape. This debut marks a significant stride for MG as it ventures into the mid-size light pickup truck segment for the first time in UAE after great success in the Middle East region. The MG T60 redefines value, performance, and practicality, offering an exceptional choice at an affordable price point.

The MG T60 embodies power and versatility, delivering an exceptional driving experience that effortlessly combines performance and adaptability. Available in both diesel and petrol engine options, and provides the flexibility of choosing between Manual and Automatic Transmission, as well as the option of 2WD and 4WD, ensuring that the MG T60 caters to the diverse needs of UAE drivers.

“Introducing the MG T60 demonstrates our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, meeting the needs of both passenger and commercial sectors,” discussed Mohamed Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of the Motors Division at Ali & Sons Holding LLC. “MG’s journey in the UAE continues to be marked by success and growth, and the MG T60 reflects our determination to bring new and exciting options to our diverse customers for any journey they would like to embark upon. We are optimistic about the future and look forward to introducing more innovative and diverse vehicles to the UAE.”

The MG T60 makes a statement with its muscular body and commanding presence. Its cargo bed, fortified with protective metal bars, guarantees secure transportation of goods. Chrome accents and bold alloy wheels elevate the truck’s rugged aesthetics. A prominent front grill, enhanced by ultra-bright LED headlamps, not only underscores its bold character but also ensures road presence.

Inside, the MG T60 focuses on comfort and practicality. Driver-focused controls ensure a personalized driving experience, while the spacious cabin accommodates up to five occupants. The interior boasts an elegant instrument panel and an intuitive layout for enhanced functionality.

The MG T60’s performance is characterized by its efficient power delivery. The 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine generates 150hp and an impressive 360Nm of torque, making it ideal for heavy loads and daily driving. The 2.4L Petrol engine, producing 136hp, offers a spirited drive, particularly in urban environments. The truck’s transmission system features three driving modes – Eco, Standard, and Power; tailoring the driving experience to various conditions.

Hisham El Sahn, General Manager of Inter Emirates Motors, commented, “The MG T60 is a distinctive addition to our lineup, representing a new chapter for MG in the UAE. With its economical pricing and exceptional functionality, the MG T60 caters to a broad range of customers, from off-road enthusiasts to businesses seeking reliable solutions. Our collaboration with MG remains steadfast and we are poised to work together to ensure the most innovative and accessible offerings to our valued customers in the region.”

The MG T60 seamlessly blends innovation and safety. Standard features include automatic air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo system, and keyless vehicle entry. Safety is a top priority, with ABS, stability control, EBA, and traction control ensuring a secure drive. Front and side airbags, along with a tyre pressure monitoring system, further enhance passenger protection.

Inter Emirates Motors will be offering a 3-year warranty or up to 120,000 kilometres for the MG T60, showcasing its commitment to customer satisfaction and vehicle reliability. As the MG T60 makes its debut on UAE roads, it ushers in a new era of affordable yet powerful pickup trucks, setting new standards for performance and versatility.

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EXEED Cars Launches the RX in the Region



EXEED Cars has launched the RX SUV in the region, in partnership with the company’s exclusive distributor, Al Gurair Auto.


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The vehicle is powered by a cutting-edge 2.0TGDI engine delivering 261 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400nm, promising a thrilling driving experience.

“The interior of the EXEED RX is all about high-end comfort and cutting-edge technology, embodying the ‘Art of Technology’ concept and the future of automotive design. The avant-garde body styling, along with starship-inspired daytime and taillights, provides a distinctive look for the vehicle on the road. It boasts an innovative design and technological innovations that prioritise the comfort of passengers,” the company said. A 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, premium leather upholstery, complete winter package with heated elements, and 2-zone climate control with seat ventilation for the front and rear seats are all noteworthy features of the new RX.

The highest levels of comfort and safety are offered by its unique design and technology solutions, which meet the Global 5-star security design. Several characteristics, including the digital quality control features, provide passengers with a sense of security and peace of mind while on the road. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), four-wheel drive capabilities, a selection of eight airbags, door opening alerts, a high-strength bodywork structure, and a suspension system with continuous damping control are all features that further ensure passenger safety.

The RX is also equipped with cutting-edge technology, including a high-performance intelligent processor, along with a Fly Fish Chassis and Sony 14-speaker audio system that offers an immersive musical experience. The ambience is further enhanced with dynamic lighting effects that are synchronised to the music. The vehicle also features 64-color ambient lighting, a queen-sized passenger seat, and a 50w wireless charger.

The four-zone speech recognition system makes accessing the functionalities in the car more convenient. A heads-up display, 24.6-inch curved screen, 540-degree camera system, and a number of convenience features like keyless entry, a fragrance system, hidden door handles, and Smart Connect capability, all complement the SUV’s premium appeal.

The RX, designed by Steve Eum, won a gold medal at the 2022 International Design Awards (IDA), making history as the first high-end Chinese vehicle to receive this accolade. The vehicle promises to stand out in the SUV market with its elegant design, innovative technologies, and commitment to safety. Upon the purchase of this vehicle, customers can enjoy numerous benefits, including a seven-years or 200,000 km warranty.

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