2013 Nissan Patrol Launch Review

Malcolm Flynn | 29 Comments

What’s hot: The most luxurious way to carry eight passengers across Big Red.
What’s not: No diesel option; bowser-sucking thirst
X-Factor: That bristling 5.6 litre V8 soundtrack: no working diesel gets close

Engine: 5.6 litre petrol V8 | Power/Torque: 298kW/560Nm
Fuel Consumption listed: 14.5 l/100km | tested: 13.8 l/100km (highway) 16.6 l/100km (on sand)

Vehicle style: Upper-Large SUV

It’s taken three years since it first appeared at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Motor Show, but Nissan’s Y62 model Patrol 4WD wagon is now on sale in Australia.

Selling alongside the current GU model, the all-new Y62 is bigger, more comfortable, safer, more refined, and a whole lot more powerful than its progenitor.

Before you ask though, the 5.6 litre petrol V8 is the sole engine choice for the Y62 - there's no diesel option.

However, this is not the shot in the foot it may appear; the 298kW/560Nm V8 balances plenty of fuel-saving tech with great dollops of performance.

Aside from its size, newfound comfort levels, and the adoption of independent suspension at both ends, the new car has lost none of the older model’s off-road or load-lugging abilities, and it has all the vital stats to back it up.

TMR looked at the Y62 model back in 2010 in left-hand drive Middle East-spec, but Nissan invited us back to experience the Australian-spec product at its national press launch near Mount Gambier, South Australia.

THE INTERIOR

We sampled all three ST-L, Ti, and Ti-L variants and found that even the base ST-L is a cosy, cosseting drive.

Its soft velour trim offers little compromise over the leather-clad Ti and Ti-L, and all grades feature woodgrain detailing, and several controls and design elements reminiscent of the Infiniti range.

Front seats on all are very broad but quite flat; comfortable on a straight road but lacking support off-road.

The leftward mounting of the gear selector and All Mode controller are a hangover of the Y62’s left-hand drive origins, but the indicator stalk has been thoughtfully located on the right hand side of the steering wheel.

As you’d expect, there’s plenty of room all round, and the cabin width permits a centre console bin that could swallow a football in the non-refrigerated ST-L and Ti models.

This console bin also features clever front and rear hinges for access by both front and second row occupants.

Second row seating is probably the greatest strength of the Y62 Patrol’s interior, with its 225mm wheelbase advantage over Toyota’s 200 Series LandCruiser making for limousine-like rear legroom.

Combined with the Y62’s generous width, this second row drew no grumbles with three seated across it.

Third row seating will accommodate adults on short trips, while any compromise to legroom is balanced by reclining backrests, along with the significant cargo area that remains with the third row upright.

Both rearward rows fold to make a flat load area, contrasting with the older model’s side-folding third-row arrangement.

The full-size spare wheel is accessed from beneath the vehicle, so there’s no need to eject luggage in the case of a puncture.

ON THE ROAD

Nissan’s drive route for the Y62’s launch was almost entirely straight 110km/h highway driving.

This gave us the chance to assess the new Patrol’s kilometre-eating ability and open-road fuel economy.

Sitting near 2000rpm in seventh gear at a steady 110km/h, the Patrol returned an average low of 13.8 l/100km on 95RON (against an official 14.5 l/100km combined figure).

Although still a fat thirst and far from empirical (on the basis of one drive), it suggests a total range potential of over 1000km from the Patrol’s 140 litre fuel capacity.

The 5.6 litre V8 might be a stone crusher but it's a modern design with twin overhead cams, variable valve timing and direct injection.

When stoked, it responds with a throaty induction-snarl matched by impressive acceleration, particularly when overtaking.

The seven-speed auto will happily kick down a couple of cogs when asked, and, for the way it bolts, all thoughts of the Patrol’s 2700kg are instantly forgotten.

'Economy' may not be its middle name, but this big bus blows the socks off its 3.0 litre turbodiesel stablemate (and plenty of others).

There was no opportunity to test the Patrols' hill-climbing ability, but with 90 percent of the V8's 560Nm available from 1600rpm, low-down urge won't be lacking.

At highway speeds, the Patrol’s excellent wind and tyre noise insulation is apparent. Overall, it's generally quite refined if a little more stiffly sprung than the armchair-on-wheels ride we expected.

Perhaps our load of two passengers and little cargo was not enough for the Patrol’s suspension to work at its best.

That aside, its 765-855kg payload or 3500kg braked towing capacity is nothing to be sneezed at, nor the maximum towball download of 250kg when laden to the Y62’s 3500kg GVM.

OFF ROAD

For the new Patrol's off-road workout, Nissan chose to showcase it's sand-driving capabilities. This had us lined up along a stretch of beach near Robe, SA.

The Y62 Patrol’s four-wheel drive system is controlled by a console-mounted ‘All Mode’ controller. You simply move between 2H, 4H, and 4L, as well as 'on-road', 'sand', 'snow', and 'rock' modes. It also controls the rear diff lock and hill descent control functions.

So, with the Patrol's 265/70/R18 tyres reduced to a Nissan-recommended 14PSI, we selected 4H and sand mode (which permitted the degree of wheelspin necessary)..

This combination proved ideal; and, surprisingly, the V8’s abundance of low-down torque meant that there was no need for low-range at all on the day.

The abundant torque under the bonnet also meant an impressive worst fuel figure of 16.6 l/100km on the dunes. So, if heavy work is involved, that thirst is not too bad - better in fact than some smaller SUVs when forced into hard graft.

In all, it was difficult not to be impressed with the new Patrol's ease away from the blacktop.

While our sand experience hardly taxed its off-road capabilities, our earlier pre-launch drive experience suggests it is capable of much more.

The Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) system fitted to the Ti and Ti-L models is designed to reduce bodyroll on-road, but it also improves articulation off-road by forcing opposing wheels downwards.

Also helping off road is increased ground clearance thanks to the all-independent suspension (which allows the diff centres to be mounted closer to the body).

The Y62’s quoted ground clearance of 283mm is 73mm greater than the solid front/rear axle current Patrol, and 58mm greater than the solid rear axle LandCruiser 200 Series.

Similarly, the Y62 model boasts LandCruiser 200 Series-beating clearance angles of 34.1 degrees (approach), 24.1 degrees (ramp-over), and 25.9 degrees (departure), compared to 30/21/20.

Also, the new Patrol matches the Toyota's maximum wading depth of 700mm, but breathes through the left-side guard vent, simplifying the fitment of an aftermarket snorkel.

FIRST DRIVE VERDICT

It’s been a long wait, but we came away with a positive impression of the big Y62 Patrol.

The lack of diesel option will certainly hinder sales in Australia - it has a V8 petrol thirst - but its huge power and torque will make it an effortless tow-wagon.

And you'll be comfortable wherever you go. Its ability to combine premium-sedan levels of luxury with a readiness to take you anywhere will surely appeal as executive transport far away from the coastal fringes.

While the 5.6 litre V8 may not seem the ideal choice today, it harks back to a time when big-capacity petrol V8s were celebrated. You just need to feel the surging power (and accompanying soundtrack) to remember why.

It’s also priced squarely with one obvious Japanese rival in mind; the LandCruiser 200.

If you’re in the market for an upper-large SUV, take the new Y62 Patrol for a test and judge it for yourself.

Pricing

Patrol ST-L - $82,200 ($90,500 drive-away)
Patrol Ti - $92,850 ($101,680 drive-away)
Patrol Ti-L - $113,900 ($123,780 drive-away)

Filed under: Featured, review, wagon, Nissan, petrol, australia, awd, suv, automatic, nissan patrol, patrol, family, large, Advice, special-featured, 5door, 8cyl, 7a, 7seat, available, 2013my, 85-90k, 90-95k, 110-115k

Leave a comment:

Required
Required
Enter comment here.
  • Mr.Truth says,
    2 years ago
    12 likes
    Who ever buys this is not going to worry about fuel use/cost otherwise they would not buy it in the first place.

    Actual fuel cost will be about 35% more than if it was a diesel, no need to slash your wrist, its not so bad!

    The solution is to remove the main tank and fit a injected LPG system, fuel cost now at 4cyl buzz-box level
  • matt says,
    2 years ago
    7 likes
    i really dont see the fuel usage being an issue? for the weight size and power anyway. i have seen auto diesel patrols use nearly as much on the sand.
  • CP says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    I wonder how long the existing GU will be sold alongside it. They seem to suit two very different markets.
  • Shaun says,
    2 years ago
    4 likes
    For a massive truck of a thing... the fuel economy to me doesn't seem too bad. I'm sure there are plenty of 6 cylinders around the place returning similar fuel economy...

    Can't say my VE SV6 is too great on fuel!
    • Lightning Rod says,
      2 years ago
      5 likes
      Precisely. I expected the fuel figures to be horrendously close to 20L/100km or more. This figure is on par with LC 200 petrol but the new Nissan Patrol offers Lexus LX 570 type power and luxury at LC 200 price. And I read it does 0-100km/hr in 6.5 seconds!! Not even LX570 can do that. Sounds like a definite bargain to me. smile
      I'll wait another 6 months to see what owners have to say before I consider one for myself.
    • Roger says,
      2 years ago
      Dont forget this is highway. My old BF XR6T trip computer consumption on freeway was around 7-8l/100km, my total average was 11.9 and I used to give it some. This thing will consume around twice the fuel of a falcon or commodore. That will become a very expensive proposition.
      • sneekyman says,
        1 year ago
        I took one (ti) for a drive today thinking it may replace my 2010 lc 200 TTD. Not a bloody chance. I found the v8 patrol lacking in many areas. At $123000 drive away for a Sahara equivalent spec vehicle with no diesel is madness. I took it on a 100km test drive with the dealer, and the average fuel usage was 23.8 litres per hundred km in traffic and some highway driving. Redrove the exact route in my TTD Sahara and it was 11.2 litres per hundred.
        I also felt the new suspension was left wanting compared to the toyota kdss system.In all honesty my choice will come down to a 2013 Sahara diesel or a Audi q7 v8 tdi for $3000 more then the Sahara.
        This is my personal opinion.
  • Tony W says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Where are you expected to get 95, let alone 98 RON in the outback? The filler cap says use 98! Some places don't even sell regular unleaded. Excellent 4wd for the city.
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      . Excellent 4wd for the city.


      Whats the point of that then?

      • Smart us says,
        2 years ago
        4 likes
        pot holes, steepy hills district, boat, soccer mum/dad... plenty of applications there - love it
  • Redline says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Nissan have done their homework. This petrol version will appeal to the middle-class urban mums and dads hauling kids around. One of the biggest complaints about diesel cars is the smell and oily hands after filling up. Not good if you're going out somewhere and you smell like you've just changed the oil....
  • Ronelle says,
    1 year ago
    9 likes
    Well I have one.....just had its 1,000km service so its still very new biggrin I LOVE it!! We have 4 kids and were sick of driving a people mover. We had a Crysler Voyager, Honda Odessy, Mazda MPV,& a Kia Carnival previously. I think the people movers are good while you have little babies to strap into car seats, but ours are now 3,5,7,9 and its perfect. We've also had 7 seater 4wds, Audi Q7, Ford Territory & Discovery.....but this has heaps of boot space (even with the rear seats up) which the others lacked. The fuel economy isnt too bad for a car that weighs 2.7tonne and runs a 5.6ltr V8!
    We bought the base model (in black and added black tints) which has so many more bells & whistles than base models of comparative vehicles.
    So they look good, nice to drive, plenty of space, & great value.
    • ahmed says,
      1 year ago
      3 likes
      wow, good thinking
      • Khan says,
        1 year ago
        2 likes
        I bought one TI-L, is a great it is really one of its kind, I has diesel kakadu, paid 92k, only good thing is good on diesel, Diesel has lots of noise after spending 92k and have a tractor feeling is a crap for me,
        very happy with Petrol cost me extra $20 week on fuel which is wont even bother me,
        so many feature even LX570 havent got that, very good price, i paid 99k drive,
        I must say if u can afford petrol go for it, great innovation.
        Sahara had same shape since 2007.
        so y not try new,
        Good luck.
        • FrugalOne says,
          1 year ago
          3 likes
          Petrol cost me extra $20 week on fuel which is wont even bother me


          +1

          petrol cost is NOTHING to worry about in a $100k purchase, not like a diesel would do 85MPG anyway

          even $70/week extra, ie $10 day more, who cares

          Rather the smooth powerful petrol engine any day

    • Andrew H says,
      1 year ago
      Hi Ronelle
      I am in a similar situation re 4 kids and wanting to change from a van. BUT just interested to know is the fuel usage closer to 20 litrs per 100klms city or the 15 quoted.
      • Ronelle says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        Currently getting about 18L per 100. It started at 23L and is slowly improving (dome 5000km now) This is round town driving and I have a bit of a heavy foot. Get up to 720kms to a tank but yet to do a road trip to use a tank worth in hwy driving... Range say 800ish when I fill up. Still loving it. Pleased to be out Voyager/Carnivals that's for sure!! Boot space will blow u away even with all seats in use
      • Iain in Qatar says,
        5 months ago
        I've had my 2013 Y62 for 3mths now. I've put 10k on it. I do a 150km commute to work on a highway at approx 110kmph every day. I'm currently getting 27l/100km. Tank range has never exceeded 550km. It's thirsty but a dream to drive on and offroad.
        • Hasan says,
          18 days ago
          Hi, live in Dubai (UAE), i do around 160km/day the highway. Avg around 15-16L/100km @ 140kmh. Suggest u get it checked for MAF sensor issues.
          • Mark W says,
            7 days ago
            I agree 27 litres per hundred is too much. Get it checked. I am getting 15 litres per hundred light driving outskirts of town and reckon it is a great vehicle at $60K driveway 2013 Ti.
    • Darren Hutcho says,
      11 months ago
      2 likes
      Hey Ronelle, We are looking at the ST-L. How is yours going? we've got the territory and are looking to upgrade and the Y62 ST-L has me. With three kids, and a caravan this appears perfect. I am not concerned about the fuel as we are all aware of its power, size and listed consumption.
      Has this car met your expectations??
      Thanks, Darren
  • jamie gold coast says,
    1 year ago
    4 likes
    we have waited 2 years for the new patrol to come to australia and have bought one 2 months ago. we love the style and the features of the patrol as they are all brand new. i have owned 3 of the previous model and they have been great but this is the best by far. we use it around town and go driving on weekends it is a great patrol to drive. we have five kids and they love it plenty of leg room for all.to sum it up take one for a drive and you will see the diffrence then make your mind up dont listen to na sayers.
  • Ben says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Economical and reliable 4x4ing ended with the TD42 motor. Can't bring those days back. Euro standards (especially Euro V in 2016) will just make it worse.
    • Roger says,
      1 year ago
      2 likes
      Ben, I'm keeping my the TD42 as long as possiblesmile Have to admit that the 298KW would be nice!
  • thhamilton2003@yahoo.com says,
    1 year ago
    I am the proud owner of the nissan patrol series 60 and the y61 i have been the owner of 2003 and 2005 model i am now purchase the 2014 model i am hoping that it was a diesel engine it seam to take a lifetime to delovepment Model engine i hope it will come to nissan patrol diesel soon
    Model
  • john says,
    7 months ago
    1 like
    I've brought one. Awesome vehicle. The finish the 4x4 ability the fuel economy are all great. I've owned 100 and 200 series Toyota diesel and these do not compare. Plus the 200 series is more expensive to buy and maintain.This wins hands down! Currently fuel 12.8 per 100 around town and 10.4 on Highway. It's pretty good for a petrol 2.8 tone 4x4.
    • david says,
      3 months ago
      Hi John, im currently looking at a St-L for 55k on road & am wondering about the fuel consumption both city & highway. Are you still receiving those figures you mentioned?
      Thanks!
  • Bol Kuol says,
    4 months ago
    i want to know the price this car
Get the Latest

advertisement