As is common knowledge by now, the 2010 Nissan Patrol was launched in Dubai on February 15, at an event on an offroad course within the Jebel Ali Shooting Club. Apparently the course will be used for customer test-drives once the all-new Patrol goes on sale. We have exclusive photos of the course, courtesy of our photographer Faisal Khatib.
It was announced at the event that the 2010 Nissan Patrol will come with two engine choices, contrary to reports elsewhere that only one motor is offered. While the top engine remains the new 400 hp 5.6-litre V8 with direct injection and variable-valve timing, the base engine will be the 317 hp 5.6-litre V8 carried over from the outgoing Armada. No other real details have been released.
Also new is the all-wheel-drive system, with low-range and terrain-specific settings available through an electronic control knob. And the suspension does not have traditional shocks and stabiliser bars any more, relying instead on a computerised hydraulic air suspension system that is independent on all four corners.
Available features also include a 7-speed automatic, 20-inch wheels, hill start, hill descent, electronically-locking rear diff, larger disc brakes, stability control, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, keyless start, rear DVD screens, Arabic navigation system, powered tailgate, automatic braking assist, around-view cameras and other tech features, with the choice of an “off-road” or a “city” front bumper.
We only got to touch and ride along in the Patrol. Initial impressions confirm Nissan bragging that the Patrol is larger than the Toyota Land Cruiser. Cabin material quality is at the level of any high-end luxury brand, and we are hard-pressed to see what more the upcoming Patrol-based 2011 Infiniti QX56 can offer. The ride is isolated and the space is abundant in the first and second row. Access to the third row is easy, but legroom remains tight back there for anyone approaching six feet. The second row cannot be adjusted front and back, but the seatback can recline. The third row can almost fold flat. Luggage room is expectedly voluminous.
The Middle East is the first market to get the 2010 Patrol. Launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai first, it was followed by debuts in Oman, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, followed by Australia and then other worldwide markets.
Priced between Dsh 180,000 and Dhs 270,000, the new model is tentatively scheduled to go on sale in the UAE by the beginning of April this year, alongside the old 4.8-litre model, which will continue to be in production for a while as a cheaper option. For future prices and updated specs, visit the Nissan Patrol buyer guide soon.