By: ROTIMI ASHER
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tallion NMN, the authorised Nissan sales company and owners of the Nissan vehicle assembly facility in Lagos, last week unveiled what the company claimed to be a locally armoured premium sport utility vehicle equipped to certify level B6+ CEN armouring.
As contained in a press release, the car, which is said to be powered by 5.6litre V8 engine, “is armoured in collaboration with foreign experts to certify B6 armouring to protect cabin occupants from ballistic threats.”
The company’s Managing Director, Parvir Singh, who described the car as an emerging global leader in discreet armoured vehicles, claimed it is ideal base unit for diplomatic, humanitarian aid and international organisations operating in harsh terrain and dangerous region throughout the world.
“This adaptation of the Patrol brings to four the numbers of Nissan models that were assembled locally at the multipurpose VON Automobile plant including Nissan Patrol, NP300 Pick-up and Almera sedan,” Mr. Singh affirmed, adding “Nissan’s performance since 2013, when it was re-inaugurated with the Stallion dealership has been remarkably appealing with key milestones achieved.
According to Stallion NMN Limited head of sales and marketing Amit Sharma, the SUV comes with all-round heavy duty upgraded compensated braking system, anti-explosion exhaust insert; back door configuration manual/electronic egress system; battery armour protection, door restrains, reinforced hinges and run-flat tyre systems.
“Mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and a variable 4×4 system,” he explained, “the Patrol comes equipped with proprietary suspension and braking system upgrades that is developed and installed on the vehicle to support the additional armouring weight for improved handling. Nissan armoured Patrol which, is not mass produced is priced from N28m and is currently available at the Stallion NMN showrooms and on request.”