Patrol goes hunting custom
The supersize SUV rivals everything from Landcruiser to Range Rover
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.
‘‘ 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.
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.
What can you say? The Patrol