2013 NISSAN PATROL REVIEW

Large and imposing, Nissan Y62 series Patrol is comfortable on road or off

Large and imposing, Nissan Y62 series Patrol is comfortable on road or off

The latest Nissan Patrol was slated mainly for the Arab Emirates and the USA, but with the addition of right-hand drive, has made its way to Australia as well. Aimed at those looking for a luxurious people mover, but who may take it off-road from time to time it’s available only with a petrol engine – the preferred powerplant in the aforementioned countries due to the low cost of petrol there.

While this new Patrol is mechanically able to do serious bush bashing, who would want to subject the most luxurious and advanced Nissan 4WD to that sort of treatment? Its role is more likely to be towing the horse float, luxury caravan or big boat – anything up to 3.5 tonnes braked.

For those who do want to get down and dirty in the bush, Nissan Australia still sells its workhorse Y61 Patrol, including a turbo-diesel model with old-style live axles, alongside the new upmarket generation Y62.

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The new V8 engine delivers 298 kW of power and 560 Nm of torque, with 90 per cent of the latter on call from just 1600 rpm. Power is put to ground through an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission and a sophisticated, electronically controlled, all-mode 4X4 system.

Able to take up to eight occupants, the all-new Y62 series Nissan Patrol V8 showcases big improvements in fuel efficiency, comfort, luxury, quality and technology, for a top-class drive on and off-road.

Features across the new Patrol range include Bluetooth hands-free phone, large format front DVD player, 2GB music server with six speakers, iPod connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, intelligent key access, eight-way power assisted driver’s seat, a full complement of active and passive safety systems, drive computer, dual zone climate control, front, side and curtain airbags, active front headrests, and front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera.

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The top-of-the-range Patrol Ti-L adds memory function for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and door mirrors; a deep centre-console cool box; a hard drive navigation system; premium Bose audio with 13 speakers, dual 7-inch DVD screens in the rear of the front seat headrests, 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.

Suspension is independent all round.  While its default is to the on-road program, a wheel on the centre console enables the driver to dial up driving modes to suit tougher going – sand, rocks or snow.

Unfortunately, there is no knob to twiddle to make parking easy. At more than five metres long and close to two metres wide (all dimensions significantly eclipse its nearest rival), the Patrol is an unwelcome visitor to the average shopping centre parking space.

The reversing camera, all-round parking alarms and around-view monitor go some way to easing entry, but once there, getting in and out of limited door openings can be a pain. There’s also the stress of not chipping the paintwork of the vehicle in the neighbouring car while opening the wide door.

At the press of a button on the key fob the electrically operated rear cargo door opens high and wide for fuss-free loading.

Even with the third row of seats occupied there is enough space (550 litres) to stow a full-size cooler in the load bay. The luggage space can be substantially increased by folding the back row seat backs by the single tug on a strap.

A positively cavernous 3100 litres is available by flicking a switch which rolls up the middle row of seats to fit snugly against the backs of the front seats, leaving an almost flat floor.

Nissan’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control on the suspensions of Ti and Ti-L models is aimed at reducing body roll on sealed surfaces, while maximising suspension travel in extreme off-road conditions.

The maker tells us to expect fuel consumption in the combined city / highway cycle to be around 14.5 litres per 100 kilometres. The best we managed patrolling the urban jungle was on the high side of 16 litres per hundred kilometres.

Stuffed with expensive equipment, this huge Nissan Patrol Ti-L will set you back $113,900, plus on roads. Expensive for a Nissan, but a bargain compared with upwards of $170,000 for the lowest cost Range Rover Vogue we recently tested.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
Patrol ST-L 5.6-litre petrol five-door wagon: $82,200 (automatic)
Patrol Ti 5.6-litre petrol five-door wagon: $92,850 (automatic)
Patrol Ti-L 5.6-litre petrol five-door wagon: $113,900 (automatic)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Nissan dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE:
Type: V8 DOHC 32 valve
Capacity: 5552 cc
Fuel system: Direct injection petrol
Fuel type: 95RON minimum
Bore and stroke: 98 mm x 92 mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Maximum Power: 298 kW @ 5800 rpm
Maximum Torque: 560 Nm @ 4000 rpm

DRIVELINE:
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with manual mode and adaptive shift control
Transfer case: All Mode 4×4 with electronic 4WD selection. Rear differential lock, rear limited-slip differential

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 5140 mm
Width: 1995 mm (excluding mirrors)
Height: 1940 mm
Wheelbase: 3075 mm
Track: 1705 mm (front and rear)
Ground clearance: 283 mm
Tare mass: 2735 kg
Gross vehicle mass: 3500 kg
Carrying capacity: 765 kg
Approach angle: 34.1 degrees
Departure angle: 25.9 degrees
Cargo area: 550 litres (all seat backs raised); 3170 litres (second and third row seat backs folded)
Turning Circle: 12.5 metres
Towing capacity: 750 kg (3500 kg with braked trailer)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 140 litres

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:
Suspension: Independent double wishbone coil spring, Hydraulic Body Motion Control (front and rear)
Brakes: Ventilated discs (front and rear). Vehicle Dynamic Control, including Traction Control. ABS anti-locking brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution. Hill descent control, hill start assist
Steering: vehicle speed sensitive power steering
Wheels / tyres: 18 x 8J alloy wheels / 265/70R18 tyres. Full size alloy spare

PERFORMANCE:
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: N/A
Maximum speed: N/A

FUEL CONSUMPTION:
Combined Cycle (ADR 81/01): 14.5 L/100km, CO2 emissions 343 g/km

GREEN VEHICLE GUIDE RATINGS:
Greenhouse Rating: 2.5/10
Air Pollution Rating: 5.5/10

WARRANTY
Vehicle: 3 years / 100,000 kilometres
24-hour roadside assistance program

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