Pa­trol lost in desert

It’s a long wait for the new Nis­san Pa­trol, writes Paul Gover

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AUS­TRALIANS will have to wait at least a year, and per­haps as much as two years, to get into the new Nis­san Pa­trol.

The heavy­weight off-roader is al­ready a sell­out in the Mid­dle East, with an In­finiti lux­ury model also on the way, but right-hand-drive pro­duc­tion does not even have a start-up date.

Nis­san Aus­tralia will have a Pa­trol later this month for sev­eral events, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show, but can­not con­firm when it will be fol­lowed by pro­duc­tion mod­els. Nis­san spokesman Jeff Fisher says: ‘‘We don’t know yet when it’s com­ing. The Arabs are soak­ing up ev­ery­thing that’s be­ing built. It’s go­ing to be more than 12 months. It’s still be­tween 12 and 24 months.

‘‘It will get here. It’s in the slot, but it’s a mat­ter of wait­ing.’’

Fisher says the prob­lem is the low de­mand for right-hand-drive Pa­trols. ‘‘South Africa has said no, Eng­land is not in­ter­ested, so it’s just Aus­tralia.’’

The demon­stra­tion Pa­trol is com­ing fully loaded for the show and driv­ing demon­stra­tions.

‘‘It’s packed with technology. It’s got a type of ac­tive sus­pen­sion with hy­draulics, tyre-pres­sure monitor- ing and a lot more. It’s a big story,’’ Fisher says.

The spe­cial Pa­trol will help cel­e­brate the model’s 50th an­niver­sary.

‘‘The Pa­trol is 50 years old in Aus­tralia. And this is the first all­new model since the GU in the 1990s, so there is a lot to talk about,’’ Fisher says.

De­mand’s all right: the new Nis­san Pa­trol is a sell­out in the Mid­dle East.

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