Spacious cabin, engine choices, interior trim, available options
Too big, too much tech, too pricey
After more than a decade with minimal changes, the Nissan Patrol has been redesigned from the ground up, aiming to regain some of the market-share lost to its rivals. The all-new Patrol can be optioned up with enough features to classify it as a full-fledged luxury vehicle, with some class-leading features and new technology. Engine options include a base 5.6-litre V8 with a 5-speed automatic and later with a base 6-speed manual, known as the Patrol SE; as well as a brand-new 5.6-litre V8 with more power, direct injection and a 7-speed automatic, known as the Patrol LE. Depending on trim level, the 7-seater Patrol can be had with standard or optional features such as all-wheel-drive with low-range gearing, hydraulic independent air suspension, computerised terrain response system, climate-controlled leather seats, Arabic-supported HDD navigation, wide WVGA 8-inch touchscreen, multi-screen DVD entertainment system, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, Bluetooth, power rear liftgate, keyless start, adaptive cruise control, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-folding 3rd-row seat, around-view cameras, and a centre console cool-box that can be opened from both 1st & 2nd-row seats. Also available is an Off-road Monitor that provides real-time information such as tyre conditions involving steer angle, slip and pressure, as well as hill start, hill descent, and an electronically-locking rear diff. Most models get a regular offroad-ready front bumper, while the top trims get a slightly-lower 'city' bumper. Safety features include two front airbags and numerous side-curtain airbags, stability control and ABS, as well as optional lane-departure warning, tyre-pressure monitor and auto-braking systems. The previous version of the Patrol continued to be on sale alongside this new model during 2010, as a basic offroader. However, the new model is so popular that buyers put down hefty deposits before performance specs were even released.
No known common problems. Several 2010 models had a recall for the electronic control module (ECM) that could potentially break and cause the fuel injector and engine to stop working, fixed under warranty.