MOUNTAIN PATROL

TRIAL BY SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS BUILD THIS ONE-OFF ARMADA MOUNTAIN PATROL.

NISSAN has pulled the covers off its Armada Mountain Patrol overlander, or, as us Aussies would call it, a kitted-out Y62.

The one-off build was revealed at the spectacular Red Rock Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, with Nissan Trucks unveiling the rig via Facebook in time for the 2018 Overland Expo WEST.

The Armada – Y62 Patrol – build was driven by the brand’s social media followers and enthusiasts, with Nissan Trucks putting the call out on its Facebook and Instagram pages for assistance with equipment and modification selection, including design touches, tyre specs and camping kit.

Following the trial by social media, a four-person Mt. Shasta rooftop tent from Cascadia Vehicle Tents won the popular vote and was plonked on top. The tent runs in tandem with a Rhino-Rack custom awning, and additional pop-up tent, sleeping bag and chairs from Alps Mountaineering.

Changes were few under the hood, with a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system added to help the 5.6L 298kW V8 breathe easier.

“One thing true off-road enthusiasts understand about the Armada Mountain Patrol is its authentic adventure heritage. Every 2018 Armada is inspired by the global Patrol – a vehicle with over five decades of off-roading credibility,” said Nissan North America’s Brandon White. “For that reason, only minimal mods were made to the factory drivetrain.”

The Mountain Patrol was fitted with a Lowrance nav system, Rugged Radios off-road radio system, Rhino-Rack aluminium backbone pioneer tray, ARB pull-out drawer system, Pelican gear cases, a Dometic fridge/freezer, and Otterbox Venture coolers. Nitto Ridge Grapplers 35/12.25/17 tyres wrap around 17-inch Icon Rebound wheels.

Other add-ons include Calmini rock sliders; custom bumpers; 12,000lb Warn winch; rack-mounted MaxTrax; hi-lift jack; RotoPak auxiliary fuel storage; and Baja Designs’ LED light bar, fog lights and wheel-well lighting.