Nissan's massive new Patrol is now on sale in Australia, launching with one big V8 engine and three luxury-appointed trim grades.
Rather than replacing the Y61 Patrol, the new model will enter as a premium new flagship model above the existing workhorse range.
And a flagship it will be; it may not carry the premium Infiniti badge, but Nissan expects the new Y62 Patrol buyer will be the white-collar sort, earning over $130,000 per year.
Nissan's familiar trim grades will be offered, starting with the ST-L at $82,200, followed by the $92,850 Ti and the top-shelf $113,900 Ti-L.
The new Patrol range also launches with recommended drive-away pricing at $90,500, $101,680 and $123,780 respectively.
Powering the new Patrol is a direct-injected 5.6 litre V8 engine, developing 298kW at 5800rpm and 560Nm of torque at 4000rpm. You'll access 90 percent of that torque from a low 2500rpm.
The V8 is paired with a new seven-speed automatic, along with an enhanced four-wheel-drive system that offers selectable options for driving on road, sand, snow and rock.
Four-wheel independent suspension is standard across the new Patrol range, rather than the live axles of the older Y61 Patrol.
Although sporting a mechanically locking rear differential, the bulk of the Y62's off-road traction comes from a brake-based pseudo LSD setup.
Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control figure among the new Patrol's other systems, along with an updated brake package that includes a hydraulic brake booster and four-piston opposed front calipers on 358mm discs.
A new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is also on-board in Ti and Ti-L models, designed to reduce body roll in cornering and lane changing.
The HBMC system’s cylinders replace traditional shock absorbers and anti-roll bars.
Towing capacity for the new Patrol is listed at 3.5 tonnes braked, and 750kg unbraked. Maximum towball vertical downforce is listed at 140kg.
Off-road ability: Approach angle (degrees) - 34.1, Departure angle - 25.9, Ramp angle - 24.1. Wading depth is rated at 700mm.
Features And Dimensions
One look at the new Patrol's cabin and it's clear that this is the most luxurious generation of the big wagon yet.
Nissan credits this change to its own market research, showing that less than 15 percent of SUV owners actively pursue off-road trips. (The wants of wealthy buyers in the Middle East will have also played a part in the new model's development.)
The 2013 Patrol is also a good deal larger than its older stablemate, measuring 5140mm long (+60mm), 1995mm wide (+55), 1940mm tall (+85) and riding on a 3075mm wheelbase (+105).
It's larger also than Toyota's goliathan 200 Series LandCruiser, which measures 4950mm long, 1970mm wide and 1880mm tall, on a 2850mm wheelbase.
Interior space: Shoulder room 1st/2nd/3rd rows (mm) - 1620/1611.6/1537. Kneeroom 1st/2nd/3rd rows (mm) - 570/721/476.
Storage capacity is listed at 3170 litres with the second and third rows laid flat, while laying flat only the third row offers a sizeable 1490 litres. With all rows upright, there is 550 litres of space in the very rear.
Depending on trim grade, features in the new Patrol range include Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.
Standard features across the range include Bluetooth hands-free phone, front DVD player, 2GB music server with 6 speakers, iPod connectivity, steering-mounted audio controls, intelligent key access and eight-way power assisted driver’s seat.
The Ti grade adds the new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, along with leather upholstery and four-way electric adjustment for the front passenger seat, auto headlights, sunroof and rain sensing wipers.
The top shelf Ti-L grade gets memory function for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and door mirrors, along with a large centre console coolbox, hard drive navigation system, premium BOSE audio with 13 speakers and dual 7-inch DVD screens in the rear of the front seat headrests.
There's also Nissan's Around View Monitor, intelligent cruise control, xenon projector headlamps with auto levelling and washers, puddle lamps and a power operated tailgate.
A tyre pressure monitoring system is also added in the Ti-L spec, along with Blind Spot Warning and a vehicle alarm.
Safety features include active and passive safety systems such as front, side and curtain airbags, active front headrests, and front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera.
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)
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