NISSAN AUSTRALIA will likely continue to sell the current Y61 Patrol alongside the upcoming P61G Patrol, a strategy that would allow the Japanese automaker to broaden its off-roader lineup without alienating fans of the much-loved Y61.
Nissan's manager of corporate communications Jeff Fisher told TMR that the Y61 still offers "great value for serious off-roaders", and that the company expects to be able to offer the Y61 alongside the all-new P61G Patrol, which is set to arrive sometime in 2011.
Speculation from overseas outlets says that Nissan will only supply future Y61 Patrols in a bare-bones specification, with higher-grade models like the Ti to be dumped.
With the new Patrol's greater focus on luxury and refinement (it rides on a more carlike independent suspension setup), odds are high that the leather-trimmed and sat-nav equipped Ti won't survive beyond the new model's introduction, however full details of the 2011 Y61 Patrol range have yet to be finalised.
Powerplant options are also unconfirmed, and Mr Fisher declined to comment on whether the Y61 Patrol will receive the newly-developed V9X 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 as a replacement for the current 3.0 litre inline four.
With 170kW of power and a torque output of 550Nm, the V9X offers significantly more grunt than the current 3.0 diesel's 118kW/380Nm, as well as a more sophisticated design.
The V9X has not yet been announced for the new P61G Patrol either - the only confirmed engine is the 5.6 litre VK56 petrol V8 - but foreign-market versions of the facelifted Navara and Pathfinder are set to receive the new engine.
Meanwhile, Australia-bound Navaras won't be getting the new 3.0 V6 turbodiesel in the short term, with the existing 2.5 diesel four-pot set to receive a power and torque boost in Junel instead.
Along with a mild facelift, the 2010 Nissan Navara will boast an improvement in power from 126kW to 140kW, while torque will rise from 403Nm to 450Nm.
Full details of the updated Navara range will be released closer to launch, along with pricing.