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MAGALIESBURG, Gauteng – It’s not often a manufacturer has the chance to introduce a new vehicle that essentially needs no introduction. Yes, the Nissan Patrol is a heavyweight, go-anywhere vehicle that has been around since the 1950s. And the latest model is finally in South Africa.

Now in its sixth generation, this version of the Patrol has been available in some overseas markets for many years. Now fully modernised to current expectations of luxury and safety, it remains slightly old-school in a manner preferred by customers who require a vehicle for long trips, often away from civilisation or repair centres.

The single derivative on offer boasts various mod cons as standard and is fitted with a naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine delivering 298 kW and 560 N.m of torque through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The reason for the lack of a diesel option is simply because there isn’t one available. The apparent trend towards phasing out diesel and then petrol would, in theory, eventually leave us with electric power alone. This might be tricky for overland vehicles such as the Patrol, but that’s for the future to thrash out.

The eight-cylinder engine has hydraulically adjustable valve timing plus electrically controlled lift to compensate for less dense air at high altitudes. Drive is normally to the rear wheels, but the system automatically switches to all-wheel drive when necessary. In addition, a low-range transfer case with various off-road programmes can be selected via controls in the centre console.

Imposing styling

Appearance wise, the Patrol has an imposing presence with reasonably attractive styling (much better than the Infiniti QX80 with which it shares its underpinnings), although the rear lighting is quite heavy on the bling. While the sheer size makes it tricky to park, even with the camera aids, it does serve up a special interior with supple leather upholstery (in a beige/biscuit or black hue), loads of legroom and three smaller seats at the back – making for a total of eight pews, although it is officially still classed as a seven-seater.

The powered tailgate opens to reveal something unusual for a seven- or eight-seater with all perches in use – there is still some luggage space on offer. A full-size spare wheel is mounted under the body, while the suspension comprises a double-wishbone independent setup all round and is enhanced by hydraulic body motion control.

The Patrol boasts a plethora of modern safety features, including blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning and automatic braking to avoid collisions. A 360-degree camera view helps the driver to safely guide the massive vehicle and a rear-view camera image can be displayed in the rear-view mirror. Plenty of small touches, such as sun-visor extensions, can also be found in the cabin.

There are USB and 12V outlets in various places and a DVD system for rear-seat passengers ships standard, along with a sunroof, triple-zone climate control and electrically adjustable front seats that are both heated and cooled. The large centre armrest furthermore houses a refrigerated cooler box.

Comfortable ride

On the road, the Patrol is extremely comfortable and easy to drive with effortless acceleration accompanied by a just-audible V8 note. With seven ratios, there is often plenty of cog-swapping taking place, but more gentle use of the throttle does mitigate this.

The braking system is up to hauling the 2,8 tonnes to a stop, while there is little body roll round bends, thanks largely to the hydraulically compensating suspension. We achieved a sub eight-second zero to 100 km/h sprint time with the similarly engined QX80, so this Patrol will likely also be no slouch. Also important with the Patrol is its towing ability, which comes in at a claimed 3 500 kg. The 140-litre fuel tank should provide sufficient range, too.

Unlike the QX80 with 21-inch wheels we tested in November 2015, Nissan has sensibly decided to fit what just may be perfect-sized wheels to the Patrol. These are 18-inchers with a tyre (Bridgestone Dueler A/T) size of 265/70 R18. This provides a cosseting ride that includes an admirable ability to soak up bad potholes and bumps. We did some serious off-road rock-crawling and the only thing that might be missed is the inability to adjust the ride height for scaling really large rocks.

So, who will buy the new Patrol? Well, this vehicle may be considered by those who need to tow large caravans (or boats), serial overlanders and politicians with a penchant for flashing blue lights. And it’ll certainly be up to all three jobs…

2019 Nissan Patrol 5.6 V8 LE Premium

R1,335,500
Ref No: 1692480

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 7
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Heated ventilated seats: front heated + ventilated
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Hill descent control downhill brake control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: std + lane keeping assist
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Standard
  • Attention assist rest assist break alert: Standard
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: 3
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: adaptive
  • Active adaptive cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + rear + boot
  • Central locking: keyless
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Sun roof: Standard
  • Electric seat adjustment: front
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: driver
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: front + rear + rear camera + surround view
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Driven wheels: all
  • Driven wheels quantity: 4
  • All wheel drive: full-time
  • Gearratios quantity: 7
  • Lowrange: Standard
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Limited slipdiff: Standard
  • Diff lock: rear
  • Front tyres: 265/70 R18
  • Reartyres: 265/70 R18
  • Spare wheel size full: Standard
  • Length: 5165 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1995 mm
  • Height: 1940 mm
  • Wheel base: 3075 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 272 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 12.5 m
  • Approach angle: 34.3
  • Break over ramp angle: 24.4
  • Departure angle: 26.2
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 2746 kg
  • Gross weight (GVM): 3500 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 3500
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 100 + 40 (total 140)l
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 11.0 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 14.4 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 334g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: EU 5
  • Power maximum: 298 kW
  • Power maximum total: 298 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5800 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 109 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 560 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 4000 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 560 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 203.9 Nm/ton
  • Maximum top speed: 210 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 5552 cc
  • Engine size: 5.6l
  • enginedetailshort: 5.6
  • Engine + detail: 5.6
  • Cylinder layout: V
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: V8
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 32
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Variable valvelift: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 6
  • Warranty distance (km): 150000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 3
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 6
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Nissan
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 47097300
  • MMVariant: PATROL 5.6 V8 LE PREMIUM
  • MMintrodat: 2017-11-01
  • Introdate: 2017-12-01
  • DuoportarecordID: NissPatr4e1

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