In so many ways, the Y62 is like no other Patrol before it
THE Patrol rolls on large 18-inch alloy wheels, but they wear sensible 70-aspect tyres for a good-sized sidewall. The 265/70R18s are massive and equate to a 33-inch tyre, so you should have no trouble fitting off-road 33s, or 35s with a mild suspension lift.
There’s plenty of aftermarket gear available for the Y62, but more specialised things like snorkels, drawers and rear bars can be harder to come by. The active crew in the Y62 owners group have done some sourcing of their own to get the products they want made, and the intake snorkel is one example.
Under the bonnet, the big airbox draws air through the near-side ’guard, while the air cleaner is accessible without needing tools. There is space behind the standard battery for a second battery, but you need to relocate a computer and some other bits to make it fit. There are kits available for this. There are tow hooks front and rear, but they aren’t the solid-rated type you really want to use for a vehicle recovery.
The standard fuel tank’s 140-litre capacity sounds good, but the best you’ll get out of the V8 engine on the highway will be high 12s per 100km, so range will be limited to around 700km. It’s the price you pay for having such a sweet V8 in a big bus.
WHAT YOU GET
IN SO many ways, the Y62 is like no other Patrol before it, especially in terms of the level of equipment in it compared to anything in the past. Among its many features, the Ti comes with HBMC; keyless entry and push button start; leather seats (the fronts with power adjustment); three-zone climate control; sat-nav; an around-view monitor; tyre pressure monitor; and a power sunroof.
Fork out more for the TI-L and you add forward collision warning; blind spot monitoring; lane departure warning; radar cruise control; xenon headlights; a Bose sound system; and power folding door mirrors with puddle lamps. The entry-level Ti has everything you need, but the TI-L takes it up a notch.
If you want to go further, you could look at the Infiniti QX80. At $111,000, the QX80 is based on the same vehicle, but dials everything up to 11 – it comes in a bespoke body that only a mother beluga whale could love. Both Patrols and the Infiniti all share the same 5.6L V8 engine mated to a seven-speed auto and all-mode 4x4 system; it’s just the level of features that dictates the price. However, no matter what you choose, all the good stuff is there at the base level.
THE Y62 Patrol mightn’t be the old GU we knew and loved, but it’s a new-age 4x4 that relies on technology and brawn to deliver a high-performing, super-spacious wagon. Sure, it’s thirsty compared to a diesel-fuelled vehicle, and there’s no question Nissan would sell a lot more of them if they could offer a diesel engine, but for what it is, there’s nothing like the big Patrol at this price. To get similar levels of equipment and performance, you need to be looking at European wagons that cost a lot more and don’t have the same off-road ability.
Even for a Land Cruiser 200 Series at similar spec, you’re looking at $92,500 (for the VX petrol LC200) or $97,500 (for a VX diesel). With that $20K saving, you could buy a lot of PULP to keep that VK56 V8 singing.
The Y62 Patrol is a new-age 4x4 that relies on technology and brawn to deliver a high-performing, super-spacious wagon.
There’s space for a second battery here, if you shift a few things.
Get on a straight stretch of dirt and let the V8 bellow out all 298kw.
Wading depth of 700mm; third-row seating is poor considering overall size.