Pa­trol goes hunt­ing cus­tom

The su­per­size SUV ri­vals ev­ery­thing from Landcruiser to Range Rover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

Mid­dle East was over­whelm­ing, with more than 40,000 de­liv­er­ies to date. Aus­tralia went on the back burner and the lack of right-hand drive fo­cus is even re­flected in an au­to­matic shift lever that’s still set for left-hand driv­ing.

Nis­san has high hopes for the Pa­trol and de­fends its lo­cal in­tro­duc­tion, which in­cludes a plan to sell the old and new mod­els (known as Y61 and Y62) side by side. The old car con­tin­ues as the diesel, as there is only one engine— a 5.5-litre V8 petrol— in the new­comer.

Nis­san Aus­tralia manag­ing di­rec­tor Bill Pef­fer says cu­mu­la­tive Pa­trol sales in Aus­tralia will top 100,000 next year, helped by the 14-year-old Y61.

VALUE

‘‘ The base will start from less than $85,000,’’ Pef­fer says. So it goes head to head with the lat­est Toy­ota LandCruiser, which starts at $83,490.

There are three model grades from ST-L to Ti, at less than $95,000, and the fully loaded Ti-L at just un­der $115,000. Those are sharp prices for the class. Nis­san says it is aim­ing to lure own­ers of lux­ury four­wheel drives up to the Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne.

To do that, the Ti-L gets leather trim, auto air­con, 13-speaker Bose sound sys­tem, around-view mon­i­tor cam­era sys­tem, elec­tric tail­gate and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor. The ad­van­tage for the Pa­trol is a seven-seater cabin— in­clud­ing a fold-flat third-row bench— al­though the two lesser mod­els are eight-seaters.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The Pa­trol is still an old school 4WD, with a body that sits on a chas­sis frame and per­ma­nent four-wheel drive in­clud­ing lowrange crawler gears.

But its 5.5-litre petrol V8 is a thumper, mak­ing 298kW/ 560Nm to en­sure a 3500kg tow rat­ing. It’s the base for Nis­san’s at­tack next year on V8 Su­per­car rac­ing.

It’s hefty, too, up to 2829kg. The sus­pen­sion is fully in­de­pen­dent, brakes are big four-wheel discs, and the four­wheel drive sys­tem has dri­vers­e­lectable modes for dif­fer­ent ter­rain, low-range gears and a dif­fer­en­tial lock.

Much of the other good stuff is for safety but the high­light for many po­ten­tial own­ers— the hy­draulic body mo­tion con­trol sys­tem that keeps the wheels in contact with the ground dur­ing off-road work and min­imises body roll and im­proves cor­ner­ing on the road— isn’t on the bot­tom model.

DE­SIGN

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