TOWN­SHIP

And ev­ery­thing about Nis­san’s SUV is mas­sive

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On the Web - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­guide.com.au

Sel­dom has so much ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pied a sub­ur­ban drive­way. Nis­san’s $93K Patrol V8 dwarfs even the Land­Cruiser 200

SEL­DOM has so much ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pied a sub­ur­ban drive­way. In an ocean of SUVs, the Nis­san Patrol V8 is the vol­canic is­land. Even the Land­Cruiser 200 Se­ries is dwarfed— the Patrol is 150mm longer, 25mm wider, 35mm higher and 100kg heav­ier. Do we need a 4WD this size? Why is there only a thirsty petrol V8 and no diesel op­tion? And given all this, can loyal Patrol own­ers jus­tify the en­try-level ST-L’s $82,200? Here are the an­swers.

VALUE

It’s called the Patrol V8 to dis­tin­guish it from the on­go­ing diesel-only Patrol Y61, which has been plug­ging along since 1997. Nis­san has dis­con­tin­ued the an­cient Y61 in all global mar­kets ex­cept Aus­tralia.

So, if you want a Patrol and you want a diesel, you are stuck with the old wagon. That old wagon costs $27,810 less than the ST-L. Jus­ti­fi­able? Not for hard-core 4WDen­thu­si­asts and car­a­van own­ers.

Nis­san asks $92,850 for the Ti tested here and $113,900 for the sump­tu­ous Ti-L that com­petes with the Land­Cruiser Sa­hara and Lexus LX570. It’s ex­pen­sive and if the fuel bills don’t cut deep— I av­er­aged 18.5L/100km— then the ser­vice costs will hit hard. It needs two ser­vices a year with a three-year to­tal of $2889 com­pared with the Land­Cruiser’s $1260 for the same pe­riod. The price of the Ti re­flects its po­si­tion and its com­pe­ti­tion. It gets sun­roof, 10 airbags, three rows of seats for adults, leather, pre­mium au­dio and so­phis­ti­cated driv­e­train and sus­pen­sion.

TECH­NOL­OGY

No diesel be­cause the US and Mid­dle East pre­fer petrol. Sim­ple. The 5.6-litre V8 (298kW/560Nm) is a long­stand­ing Nis­san sta­ple in SUV and ute mod­els in the US. It pow­ers the In­finiti in 5.0-litre form and is tweaked for the Al­tima V8 Su­per­car. It drives all wheels via a seven-speed auto then a two-speed trans­fer case. It can’t be con­firmed that the big Patrol will get the Re­nault-sourced 3.0-litre V6

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