FIRST DRIVE: NISSAN PATROL Ti
Car enthusiasts who lived through the 1960s to the late 1990s will definitely identify with the bold and iconic Nissan Patrol off-roader. Packing a powerful Y61 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine under the hood, the mean machine was capable of producing 118kW of power and 380Nm of torque. It is however soon being phased out due to compliance issues with the Euro5 Emission requirements.
The new 2016 Nissan Patrol Ti now seeks to bear the legacy that was created by its predecessor. Is the new Y62 engine worth the renowned Patrol badge on the tailgate of the SUV? Let’s find out!
Engine and performance
The engine runs effortlessly and gives smooth cruising – and sure does sound nice too.
Under the hood of the 2016 Patrol lies a 5.6-litre VVEL V8 petrol engine, capable of producing a staggering 298kW of power at 5800rpm and 560Nm of torque at 4000rpm. For speed lovers who would love to test the limits of their horses, the Patrol can dash from 0-60mph in 6sec, with a high speed of 155mph.
The 2800kg weight coupled with this engine gives to as close as double the power-weight ratio of the older model.
Essential to the Y62 engine of the Patrol is the 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. There is electronic 4WD selection for when and how you need it best. Double wishbone suspension coupled with the Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) makes sure there is flow of hydraulic fluid from right to left shock absorbers, giving you that smoothness of driving as well as mitigation of body roll around those tough bends. When things pulsate a bit, let the ABS do the job for you and enjoy maximised steering control in all manner of terrains.
Need to go for camping with a caravan? Friend stuck on the road in a broken-down car? Worry not, for this machine comes with a towing capacity of 3500kg. This is a very good figure of towing capacity, friends. Far from the power under the hood, the 8-seater interior of the Patrol welcomes you to a number of handy tools and gadgets of the modern type, proving the effort put in by Nissan to merge the hardy legend of the SUV with modern trends. This includes and is not limited to intelligent keyless entry, push-to-start ignition, leather-accented door trims and seat trims, a lovely sound system, entertainment screens at the disposal of occupants, rain sensitive wipers, surround-view parking cameras, tyre pressure monitoring system, and most significantly, loads and loads of space.
Having tall guests? The vehicle has enough space in between the seats. Lots of it. Having stuff to carry? There’s approximately 550litres of space; fold the third row of seats and you have 1500litres; fold the second and you have 300litres of space. Let’s get road-tripping!
To describe the Patrol’s interior as roomy, would certainly be an understatement. It’s a huge space with plenty of nooks and cubicles thoughtfully splashed on the inside. The seats are pretty wide, and have thick leather padding. There’s ample room for adults in second and third rows. The driver’s seat comes with an 8-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, the co-passenger’s seat has 6. Heated and cooled seats are options on the Ti (standard in the Ti-L)
It has an infotainment set with a 7-inch display screen, 2 speakers affixed to a 2.0 GB music hard drive, MP3, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The center dial is functional, not fancy. It was a bit of a letdown to discover that its surrounding buttons only activate minor functions in the Ti—the top line Ti-L has more meaningful switches.
It definitely has a high driving view. Although this seems to give and take from the high-riding patrol. It quite a climb into the car and may not be particularly amusing to women going in on high heels or skirts, nor junior members of the family. You may have to bear that in mind if considering the Patrol as a ‘family wagon’
CO2 and mpg
A 30% reduction in cost of the Patrol to a rough sum of just below $70,000 might come as a relief – saving you about $24,000 – but the fuel consumption might actually punch you in the face. The 140-litre tank feeds the Patrol at a stated rate of 20.6litres per 100km of urban driving. Trust me, fuelling this beast this is no mean feat.
With a range of 7 colours to choose from, you can have pretty much freedom to choose what look befits your personality and likes, besides the softer look of the exterior of the vehicle. The 2016 Patrol is a comfy, smooth ride which is awesomely capable, thanks to the man under the hood and other modern touches made on it to improve its Guido in a market laden with competitors such as the Cadillac Escalade and Toyota Landcruiser. Next generation should embrace this well-built Patrol. Remember to watch the fuel consumption though!
Nissan Patrol V8 Ti
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km, roadside assist
Capped servicing: Yes. $2889 for 3yr/60,000km
Service interval: 6mths/10,000km
Safety: 10 airbags, ABS, ESC, EBD, TC
Crash rating: not tested
Engine: 5.6-litre V8 petrol, 298kW/560Nm
Transmission: 7-spd auto; 2-spd transfer; constant 4WD
Thirst: 14.5L/100km; 95RON; 343g/km CO2
Dimensions: 5.1m (L), 2.0m (W), 1.9m (H)
Spare: Full-size alloy
*Unless otherwise stated, all prices are shown as Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) inclusive of GST, exclusive of options and on road costs.