Refreshed 2018 Nissan Patrol to sell from $71,990+ORC
The refreshed 2018 Nissan Patrol has been announced with the entry-level Ti variant priced from $71,990+ORC.
AFTER SUPPLY OF THE CURRENT Y62 Nissan Patrol became constrained earlier this year and dealer stock ran low, reports began surfacing of potential customers being told to hold off for a refreshed model. The refreshed model has now been revealed boasting a new-look front end and light tweaks to the interior too. According to Nissan Australia, it will release images of the refreshed model when it arrives Down Under before Christmas this year.
Key changes to the outside, include an updated grille with horizontal metallic bars instead of the old model’s angled bars, and new fog lamp housings – the image above shows the US market variant; the Australian variant will look slightly different. New-look 18-inch alloy wheels are also available. Inside, the changes are light, confined to a new touch-screen infotainment unit, two USB outlets at the rear of the centre console, larger 8-inch screens mounted into the headrests of the Ti-L variant and more front and rear parking sensors. The Ti is priced from $71,990+ORC and the Ti-L from $88,990+ORC; this is a price increase from $69,990 and $86,990, respectively.
“The changes to Nissan Patrol are sure to attract Patrol devotees and be appealing to new large SUV buyers,” said Nissan Australian managing director Stephen Lester.
“Rear view cameras and 360 all-round views are important on larger SUVs, but doubling the parking sensors to four at the front and four at the rear will make parking, and the maneuvering of the vehicle in tight spaces, significantly easier.”
Speculation by this site suggested Nissan might move away from its V8 but the refreshed model sticks with a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine making 298kW at 5800rpm and 560Nm of torque at 4000rpm. This is matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, All-Mode 4WD shift switch (Auto, 4-high and 4-low capabilities) and Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system.
Standard equipment across the refreshed range, includes sat-nav with 3D mapping and an 8-inch integrated colour display with touch screen, Bluetooth hands free phone system with steering wheel controls, push button start, climate control and a full-size alloy spare wheel.
In terms of safety, the entry-level Ti misses out on active safety systems, while the Ti-L gets Blind Spot Warning and Intervention (BSW & BSI), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention (LDW & LDP.