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Automakers making rough-and-ready versions of their SUVs is nothing new, but it's clear that some of these are more serious than others. Nissan Australia has whipped up a machine that falls solidly into the latter category with the special-edition Patrol DX Walkabout. In Walkabout trim, Nissan's venerable off-roader receives a laundry list of accessories as standard equipment, including a bull bar, snorkel, cargo barrier, side steps, alloy wheels, and $2,000 (AUD) worth of camping equipment. (Oh yeah, it gets a CD changer, too, so you can blast your Midnight Oil records while rumbling through the bush.) Power comes from a 158-hp/280 lb-ft 3.0L turbodiesel mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. It's available in silver or white and is priced at AUD $49,990 (manual) and AUD $52,990 (auto). That money buys you a vehicle that's pretty much ready to frighten kangaroos and traverse the island continent at a moment's notice. Just pack a couple extra jerry jugs of diesel and hit the road (or lack thereof).

[Source: Nissan]


PRESS RELEASE:
Nissan Launches Limited Edition Patrol 'Walkabout'

Nissan's tough-as-nails Patrol DX wagon is now available with a limited edition 'Walkabout' pack designed to make it the perfect getaway vehicle.

Boasting a comprehensive list of extra features, the five-seat Patrol 'Walkabout' has all the gear you need to get you on your way to your next touring, fishing or camping trip.

On top of the Patrol DX's standard features, the 'Walkabout' adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-disc in-dash CD player, alloy side steps, snorkel, cargo barrier, alloy bullbar, towbar and $2000 worth of camping and outdoor equipment.

Combined with the Patrol's 118kW 3.0-litre common-rail intercooled turbo diesel engine, cruise control, dual front airbags, part-time four-wheel drive system, heavy-duty suspension, limited slip differential and air-conditioning, the 'Walkabout' is ready for anything.

Available in two colours, white and burnt silver, the 'Walkabout' is priced from $49,990* for the five-speed manual model and $52,990* for the automatic.

*All prices quoted are recommended retail pricing and do not include, metallic paint, dealer delivery and on-road costs.