At the ongoing 2019 Dubai International Motor Show, Nissan unveiled two Gazelle concepts, developed specially for customers in the Middle East. The Gazelle Storm and Navara Gazelle are both based on the Nissan Patrol Super Safari.
Nissan has chosen to develop products for both ends of the car buyer spectrum. While the Gazelle Storm is a lifestyle SUV with overlanding and off-road capabilities, the Navara Gazelle is equally capable at handling commercial as well as lifestyle usage.
The Gazelle Storm is based on Nissan's popular Y61-generation Patrol Super Safari.
"At Nissan we understand the importance and enduring popularity of this iconic nameplate to the people of the Gulf and in response to that demand, Nissan set out to create this exciting concept car,” says Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East.
The Nissan Patrol Super Safari is a proven SUV that is widely used in the UAE. Despite there being the newest generation Patrol on sale here, the Y61-generation Patrol still achieves healthy sales in the region. The Japanese carmaker has added to the SUV’s capabilities with the Gazelle Storm concept. It features a higher approach angle and an onboard tyre compressor than the standard Patrol Super Safari. Both features are specifically added keeping in mind the kind of overlanding that customers would take it on.
Nissan has also equipped the special-edition SUV with a storage box for off-road gear and camping essentials, storage drawers, a barbecue holder and food and beverage refrigerator. Inside, the Gazelle Storm features bespoke leather upholstery and mood lighting. A 4.8-litre six-cylinder engine powers the SUV, but Nissan has not released official specifications of the powertrain yet.
Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, said, “The Middle East inspired the very creation of the Patrol Safari range. With its rugged exterior good-looks, and superb off-roading capabilities that can conquer any terrain, the car has gained legendary status in the popular culture of the region.
“At Nissan we understand the importance and enduring popularity of this iconic nameplate to the people of the Gulf and in response to that demand, Nissan set out to create this exciting concept car.”
The Navara Gazelle gets increased ground clearance, more robust suspension, and assorted auxiliary equipment to enhance its off-road driving capability.
The second concept unveiled at the Dubai motor show is the Nissan Navara Gazelle. Based on the Navara pickup, the concept aims to add versatility to the package. The Japanese company has added certain features to the popular workhorse to give it increased capability of taking on tough terrain.
The suspension shock absorbers are enhanced, and there is a two-inch lift kit that improves approach, departure, and breakover angles. A built-in compressor keeps the all-terrain tyres running at optimum pressure, while a 2.5-litre inline-four engine supplies power to all four wheels of the Nissan Navara Gazelle.
Both the Gazelle concepts are on display at the Nissan pavilion at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show.