Nissan Patrol Review: An Exclusive First Drive Experience

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Nissan, the Japanese carmaker is ready to introduce it's best selling SUV in the Middle East, the Nissan Patrol in India in the near future. The vehicle was present during the Nissan CARnival that was held on the 23rd of March in the Buddh International Circuit.

The Patrol was imported from the Middle East, as that has been and is the biggest market for the Patrol over a long period of time. They were left hand drive vehicles, with auto-transmission. These vehicles were brought to India exclusively for the Nissan CARnival.

Let's take a little closer look at what India can expect:

Build and design:

The Patrol has seen a significant design improvement compared to the previous generation vehicle. The vehicle features integrated Daytime Running Lights, a new front grille and has a ladder-on-frame construction.

Interior Comforts:

The new Nissan Patrol has had a significant uplift for the interiors as well. The vehicle gets leather trimmed upholstery, brown interiors and offers seating for 7 people.

Engine and specifications:

  • V8, 5.6-litre petrol engine
  • Horsepower: 400
  • Torque: 559 Nm
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual, 7-speed and 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode
  • Curb Weight: 2,795 kg
  • 5-Door

Drive and handling:

The Nissan Patrol is a massive vehicle. We put it through its paces off the road where the vehicle belongs and what it is designed to do. The vehicles ride is smooth and the suspensions soaked up the bumps with ease. The long travel suspension ensured that none of the wheels were airborne, thus all four wheels had traction.

Drive and handling:

The vehicle is also stable at near 45 degree tilt angles. The Hydraulic Body Motion Control System worked pretty well to keep the cabin as straight as possible. But on this purpose built track, it was like a breeze for this big V8.

Drive and handling:

The drive got really interesting once the vehicle was taken to a natural sand pit. The loose sand, steep inclines, decent and the tight corners were perfect grounds for the mighty V8. The four-wheel drive option selected to ‘sand' mode made the Patrol conquer the tough terrain with ease.

Features:

The Nissan Patrol features Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Anti lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Crash sensitive Automatic Unlock System, Auto Hazard Lighting System, lane-departure warning, and stability control.

Competition:

The Nissan Patrol V8 will have competitors in India when launched. The Land Cruiser V8 will be a tough match since it is priced about the same and is also a proven luxury off-roader.

Verdict:

Nissan, as a brand is trying very hard to offer quality vehicles in India. The X-Trail and the 350Z have been discontinued in India due to poor sales and healthy taxes. The Nissan Patrol could boost the brand name but priced above INR 1 Crore, we will just have to wait and watch.

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 15:33 [IST]
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