Nissan Patrol ventures into different territory to challenge the most luxurious SUVs

A long time coming, the all-new Nissan Patrol finally has landed, but into an off-road SUV landscape vastly different to the one that welcomed its previous generation almost 15 years ago.

In 1998, rugged Patrols and Toyota LandCruisers still ruled the dunes and tracks and city-friendly SUVs didn’t have the overwhelming popularity they enjoy today. So the new Nissan Patrol, code-named Y62, has moved sharply upmarket. List prices of $82,200, $92,850 and $113,900 for the three variants demonstrate this – the most expensive Y61 Patrol cost “just” $70,890.

Nissan describes its new adventure wagon as a technological tour de force, even more capable, more advanced and better equipped to challenge the largest and most luxurious SUVs. It arrives on a new chassis platform clad with larger eight-seat bodywork, more interior comfort, a V8 petrol engine, seven-speed automatic transmission and new 4×4 system. Serious off-roaders will note the suspension system has abandoned the live rear axle and is now all-independent, a change that may impact on the range of wheel travel in extreme off-road conditions.

Nissan says that with the third row of seats – available only in the upper two variants, Ti and Ti-L – occupied, there is still space to stow a full-size cooler box in the boot. With the second and third rows of seats folded, more than 3100 litres of cargo space are available.

The quad-cam aluminium V8 engine delivers 298 kiloWatts of power and 560 Newtonmetres of torque, yet at 14.5 litres per 100km is more economical than the Y61’s outgoing, 4.8 litre, six-cylinder petrol motor. The 4X4 drive system is controlled from the centre console, allowing the driver to select sand, rock, snow or on-road driving modes, activation of the rear differential lock, stability control, Hill Descent control and high or low gear ranges. On Ti and Ti-L models, Hydraulic Body Motion Control limits body roll in high-speed corners on sealed surfaces and maximises suspension travel in extreme off-road conditions. The system replaces conventional shock absorbers and anti-sway bars.
Other “intelligent” upmarket driving aids include radar cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning and lane departure warning and prevention on the Ti-L.

While the new Patrol has entered the luxury class, Nissan has retained the turbodiesel edition of the Y61 to meet the needs of farmers, miners and others who want a workhorse 4WD.

Prices quoted do not include statutory and dealer on-road charges unless otherwise stated. Prices correct at time of writing.