Now, the Japanese automaker is bringing a pair of ‘snow-ready concepts fresh off the powder in Eastern Idaho’ to the Chicago Auto Show. The first is the track-equipped 370Zki (pronounced ski) pictured below and the second, the bright-blue lifted Nissan Snow Patrol.
The giant snowmobile is a little wacky, however Nissan’s Snow Patrol seems like a plausible concept.
The Patrol is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, one of the last of its kind – we recently drove the new Patrol in Australia, along the Great Ocean Road through the Great Otway National Park in the state of Victoria. But back to the Snow Patrol (cleverly named and we think worthy of a soundtrack, however perhaps Chasing Cars would be a little too sedate?)
Modifications to Nissan’s Snow Patrol includes a lift kit (2-inch front, 1-inch rear), 20-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels and 35-inch tyres. It also gained LED fog lights and light bar
and thanks to Smittybilt, the Snow Patrol has a new bumper, grille bar, rock sliders, fender flares and roof rack. The bumper also hides a 5.4 tonne capacity winch. Inside, the seats are covered in new white and blue leather thanks to Katzkin leather. There’s also a set of Weathertech floor mats. Like the 370Zki, the Snow Patrol has been covered in a bright wrap from Icon Image Graphics.
According to Autoblog, driving the Nissan Snow Patrol is not that different to driving an ordinary Patrol. Despite the raised ride height and bright colour, “it still rides and drives as well as the standard model. Taking it out in the snow shows the real benefits of the suspension and tyres.” We can imagine that this would apply to sand driving as well.