Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 07 Nov 2018
The Patrol from Nissan is part of a rare breed of vehicles which encompasses the ability to conquer desert landscapes and do it in five-star luxury. The Patrol is a V8 powered beast capable of traversing any landscape and doing it while chilling a bottle of fine champagne within its own refrigerator to be enjoyed at the summit of any destination.
A Life of Heritage
The Nissan Patrol has been around for over 60-years. Offering everything from Nissan, it is the brands top-tier SUV and one which spares nothing in terms of luxury and capability. The question which you are probably now asking is, “how does one power a 2.8-ton leather trimmed juggernaut?”
The answer is rather simple, Nissan has fitted a 5.6-litre V8 under the bonnet and an engine capable of producing 298 kW and a mighty 560 Nm of torque from low within the rev range. Of course, a large engine means thirsty consumption, a figure which Nissan claims a combined average of around 14.6-litres/100 km.
Towing any load, having the vehicle loaded with 7 adult occupants and luggage and doing all of this while mountaineering is just some of the abilities afforded to you when commanding the new Patrol, which is 5.1 meters long and 2 meters wide.
In addition to the Patrols 4-wheel drive rotary “go-anywhere” multi-select and V8 power, the mighty Nissan is one of the few vehicles which offers such a monumental large cabin space. 7 adult size seats are wrapped in soft premium grade leather, with the dashboard and door cards adorned in wood panelled trim.
Taking centre stage within the dash is a multi-media system with the likes of navigation, Bluetooth and support for major media sources. The media system is not quite and modern nor intuitive as some of the more recent Nissan additions, however, buyers within this space need hardly focus on this kind of media trickery.
Pricing and Conclusion
You can only but respect the Nissan Patrol, combining segment-leading capability, mass and ability, it is part of a rear breed of vehicle which is comparable only to the likes of the Toyota Landcruiser VX 200 or perhaps Land Rover Discovery 5. There is only one Patrol model available, the 5.6-litre V8 LE Premium which retails for R1,310,900. Pricing is in-line with the diesel only powered Toyota Landcruiser 200.
Sold with a 6year/150 000 km warranty and a 3-year/90 000 km service plan, The Patrol is a true conquer anything kind of vehicle.