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2015 Nissan Patrol Y62 V8 – huge price cut, changes to trim grades

Nissan have improved the value of the Y62 Patrol for 2015.

Nissan have slashed over $20,000 off the price of the Y62 Patrol, and at the same time made a few changes to offer even better value.  The entry price is now $12,700 cheaper than before, and that’s with the Ti grade, not the ST-L which has been discontinued.  This would dramatically change the equation for making the Patrol the most expensive vehicle to run.
 
New to the Patrol is the “Off Road Monitor”, which provides information on the angle of the steering wheels, tyre slip ratios and tyre pressure.  There is also a compass feature.  
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Patrol Offroad Monitor.
 
All Patrols now have:
  • HBMC (Hydraulic Body Motion Control) suspension.  This system cross-links diagonal wheels to provide both better articulation offroad, and flatter cornering on-road.  This was previously limited to higher-spec models.
  • Leather accented seats
  • Satnav (now with traffic monitoring so you get real-time traffic updates.
  • Around-View monitor cameras
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
Nissan have also shifted the gearlever from the left side of the console to the right side.  This was not a big problem for driving unless you had very short arms, but every time you looked at it you were reminded the car was originally left-hand drive.
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Major change is relocating the gearshift from the left of the car to the right, nearer the driver.
 
There is a single engine, the V8 with 298kW and 560Nm via a 7-speed automatic (engine code VK56VD).   The drivetrain is Nissan’s All-Mode which is permanent 4WD with a rear bias, the centre diff is lockable, and there is a standard rear locking differential.  No, there is no diesel.   Our view at PM is that we do not expect there ever to be a diesel for the Y62.
 
The Alpine White colour has been replaced by Ivory Pearl and Precision Grey has been replaced by Gun Metallic.
 
 
2015 Nissan Patrol V8 automatic

Previous MSRP

2015 Model MSRP*

Estimated Driveaway**

Difference (between MSRPs)

Patrol V8 ST-L 

$82,690

Discontinued

Patrol V8 Ti  (eight seats)

$93,390

$69,990

$77,424

– $23,400

Patrol V8 Ti-L  (seven seats)

$114,490

$86,990

$95,308

– $27,500

** Maximum recommended drive-away price for the stock vehicle in Victoria including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges. Price is based on a private owner aged 40 with a good driving record and the vehicle being garaged in Victoria. Prices may differ depending on State purchased, individual’s personal circumstances and will vary from dealer to dealer.

Comment

Could this be what’s needed to kickstart Y62 sales, albeit rather late in the car’s lifecycle?  Enthusiasts who drive Y61 Patrols have never loved the Y62’s size, petrol engine or independent suspension but for all that, our review found it is not a bad vehicle at all, and one with significant capability.  And at $20k+ cheaper it becomes something of a bargain, so if you were in the market for a 4WD wagon and didn’t have the Y62 on your list it is now time to reconsider.  The only people who have lost our are those who just bought a Y62…but our information is that nobody was paying close to sticker price anyway.

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Robert Pepper

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