Patrol lost in desert
It’s a long wait for the new Nissan Patrol, writes Paul Gover
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.