And everything about Nissan’s SUV is massive
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.
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.
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