• 2011 Nissan Patrol

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Nissan revealed details on the new generation Patrol, the biggest SUV in the company’s line-up, with a history of more than five decades. Featuring new exterior design and new roomier interior, the new Patrol will compete with models like Toyota Land Cruiser.

The SUV is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) and DIG (direct injection gasoline) technologies that generate 400hp and 550Nm of torque. The SUV sits on four-wheel independent suspension, and features technologies like: hydraulic brakes, hill start assist, and hill descent control.

Press release after the jump.

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Press release

Reliable, unbreakable, affordable. The Nissan Patrol is a name synonymous with ruggedness, a legendary off-roader capable of going anywhere, anytime. Meticulously honed for over five decades, the Patrol is Nissan’s flagship large SUV model and enjoys a rich heritage particularly in the Middle East that dates back to the 1950’s. This off-road trendsetter was one of the first dedicated four-wheel-drive vehicles in the climatically demanding Middle East region, and boasts the notable distinction of also being the first vehicle to successfully cross the grueling Simpson Desert in Australia back in 1962.

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Under the banner of "The Hero Comes Home" the Patrol is back as an all-new seventh generation model, building on its impressive history, but at the same time, incorporating a new platform, a radical new design direction, significantly enhanced interior comfort and luxury, powerful new V8 engines, a 7-speed automatic transmission and a new 4WD system.

"We paid special attention to the needs of current Patrol owners, and their passengers, and so focused on creating first-class levels of comfort for the whole family. Heightened luxury, a roomier cabin and a quieter ride combine to achieve this goal, while maintaining Patrol’s superior off-road heritage" stresses Hiroyuki Fushiki, project head and Segment Chief Product Specialist.

Tested to the limit

Wanting to build the best possible Patrol, engineers first tuned and tested 200 prototypes for dynamic evaluation at the company’s Motegi, Oppama and Tochigi proving grounds before sending them to the Middle East where they were exposed to every imaginable challenge; desert, rocky surfaces, highways and inner-city traffic. "By the time we came around to adding the new body and interior, we had virtually completed our reliability and durability testing and perfected all of the new technologies," says chief vehicle engineer, Takashi Fukui.

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New exterior more sophisticated but still rugged

After extensive market research, especially in the Middle East, the design team concluded that for the Patrol to beat its main competitors, it needed not only a brand new design direction but class-leading engine performance, greater luxury and comfort and a smart mix of new technologies that enhanced the total driving experience. Product design director, Taiji Toyota, tells us that the all-new exterior design is like a breath of fresh air. "Not as edgy and hardcore as its predecessor, the softer new surfaces are beautiful and add a sense of modernity to the design equation, while still maintaining a ruggedness and commanding road presence" he said.

According to the design director, one design element that expresses ’Patrol’ and had to feature strongly was the angled-strut motif front grille. It was meticulously proportioned to deliver a sense of continuity with past models but give a touch of newness while enhancing the car’s status level.

Focus on roomier, more luxurious cabin

Featuring generous amounts of leather, polished aluminium and wood grain paneling, the Patrol’s interior too has been significantly upgraded. Given that most customers only go off-road no more than 15% of the time, designers wanted to create a better, higher quality interior for the whole family.

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In keeping with the Patrol’s mission to deliver more comfort and more room, the new Patrol delivers seat dimensions that outclass all competition. Boasting wider, higher and deeper front seats, the Patrol offers over 100mm more legroom for second row passengers, and a roomier third row of seats as well. Employing double the lateral rigidity over the outgoing model, the new Patrol sits on a revised platform that now offers a more robust construction with a low vibration body.

All-new V8 engine leads array of segment-beating hardware

The new Patrol is now the most powerful vehicle in its class. And the key technology achieving this jump in performance over the predecessor’s 4.8 litre power plant is the newly developed ’VK56VD’ 5.6-litre V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) and DIG (direct injection gasoline) technologies that generate 400hp and 550Nm of torque on the top specification version of this new engine.
Every component has been redesigned for maximum performance and smooth response, while a new 7-speed automatic transmission with a wider range of gear ratios than its predecessor, gives the off-roader the ability to deliver power faster.

Comprehensively upgraded 4WD system sets new standard

In a world-first for Nissan, the new Patrol employs a Hydraulic Body Motion Control System (HBMC), which keeps the car flatter with less body roll during lane-changing and cornering, while delivering a comfortable ride in city driving and superb stability on rugged and sandy tracks. Another crucial part of handling equation comes from the new suspension system, which now employs 4-wheel independent suspension, upgraded from the previous rigid axle setup. Nissan has completely redesigned the vehicle’s suspension from the bushes to the links. The combination of HBMC and the new suspension system with its longer suspension stroke delivers significantly improved handling and stability on both on- and off-road terrain.

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The Patrol also employs a newly developed ALL MODE 4x4 system incorporating a variable 4x4 mode package. It allows the driver to quickly switch between four drive modes: sand, on-road, snow and rock, with the flick of a switch. In sand mode, owners are able to drive safely, quickly and skillfully in sand and dirt, just like professional rally drivers.

In addition, the Patrol also offers a new Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control which can also be selected easily with the touch of a button. With Hill Start Assist, if a driver stops on a slope and steps off the brake pedal, the system keeps the vehicle stationary - with no roll back. Hill Descent Control uses the brakes to maintain a constant downhill speed of 7km/h in 4H mode and 4km/h in 4L mode.

The new model employs a revised Tyre Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with tyre inflation indicator which beeps the horn softly to inform drivers that a suitable tyre pressure has been reached.

A revised, more effective brake system also provides the best braking performance in its class thanks to its new hydraulic brake booster and a 4-piston opposed front caliper setup with larger 358mm front discs.

More world-firsts

Nissan designers paid special attention to the second row seat passengers by not only significantly expanding legroom, but by also fitting a new multi-screen DVD entertainment system, a first form Nissan. It boasts two rear-facing TVs; one 7-inch monitor embedded into each front seat headrest.

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Fitted with six airbags for top grade, the Patrol also comes with a totally revised climate control system boasting another world-first - the curtain vent. Curtain vent has several small but highly effective vents mounted in the ceiling above each side window to blow a strong current of cool air down forming a curtain of air that acts as a barrier to heat penetrating the cabin.

Yet another impressive Patrol feature is the cool box mounted in the centre console between the front seats. Incorporating a unique double hinge design, the lid of the cool box can be opened easily from either the front or second row of seats to access the six 600ml drink bottles inside.

And lastly

With its fresh new styling, superior packaging, powerful but economical V8 engine, clever off-road technologies and higher levels of luxury and comfort, the all-new Patrol is now a true segment leader.

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  (580) posted on 02.6.2012

2011 Nissan Patrol provides a good combination of power, space and comfort. When discussing about Nissan Patrol, the first thing that will come to our mind is the size. The size of this SUV can belittle any cars in the road.

  (276) posted on 01.30.2012

The car has an exciting interior that is very spacious. The Nissan Patrol is synonymous with muscularity and a family car. We will surely enjoy riding this car during a family trip.

  (531) posted on 01.25.2012

This is a great SUV and I love it. It looks like a monster on and off the road. It provides comfort and safety for the passengers. The interior is amazing.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

I’m so impressed with its luxurious interior, especially on its technologies. Well, I bet it will only give an undoubtedly expensive market price because on that. Moreover, it’s a good thing that it has a very decent exterior.

  (300) posted on 09.1.2011

I love the fact that it had a spacious and luxurious interior, when you look at its exterior design you will never thought it would have such an impressive interior.

  (314) posted on 08.8.2011

I love the interior, I can’t believe that this patrol car had a features like this. It’s awesome and amazing.

  (474) posted on 03.4.2011

it’s a very nice new Patrol. I only had to look several times to the pictures to be sure it’s a Nissan and not a Toyota.

The front is definitely known as a Patrol, but the side shapes and the rear aren’t that outstanding. Anyways, nice for such a big car. I only hope for an economical drivetrain. Nissan will be a natural-friendly-powered car company in the near future

  (692) posted on 03.3.2011

the patrol was brought to the American market once before from 1960 through 1969. there were about 3000 of them. I know because I own a 1966. It is an amazing piece of machinery.

I can drag around my non-running 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in park just by hooking the chain to the bumper of the patrol, and it doesn’t even flinch, with at least 200k miles on the original Drive line. very impressive vehicle, and the American counterpart since the mid-80’s has been the Pathfinder

  (570) posted on 02.24.2011

well in I’ve already driven the 2000 model of Nissan pathfinder, IMO I’m not that impress because it can only sprint up to 145KPH beyond that it’s engine generate a lot of vibration and noise, even on off road 2.4L Z engine can only run 50kph on h-4x4 and 30kph on L-4x4.

  (630) posted on 02.24.2011

Some styling appears to be recycled from Japanese makes Mazda and Nissan - The lift back handle area is very Nissan. Look, I don’t agree that the styling is boring. I would say, safe or reserved. It’s not ugly.

  (363) posted on 05.5.2010

Dude, you can’t compare the Mitsubishi Pajero to the Toyota Landcruiser and Nissan Patrol. Pathfinder and 4runner is the pajero’s competitor.

  (10) posted on 04.11.2010

The new Nissan Patrol is so very amazing because it’s engine evolved. Though many people are saying this SUV don’t look good as the previous one and this Patrol looks like a Toyota Land Cruiser. Well Nissan just follow the latest trend of SUV designs and did not copied any other brands. But this Patrol is better than any Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero because of it’s new engine. Well I’m not really against those SUV made by others. I’m just telling what everyone can see with the new Nissan Patrol with it’s 5.6 V8 gas engine 400HP and 550 to 560Nm of torque.

  (542) posted on 04.7.2010

A way better looking than it’s causing QX56 and better space than the land cruiser. Definetely many will buy this one rather than choosing the Land Cruiser.

  (11) posted on 03.25.2010

The new nissan patrol really does not look like a 4x4, i liked the old boxy shape of the 1990 - 1997 nissan patrol y60, but not many other people did.

A lot of people like the new design of the nissan patrol (2011) but i think it needs to look more like a 4x4 than a family car.

i think it should also need bigger wheels. but altogether it looks ok, but i hardly see any nissan patrol’s on the road already, i don’t think we’ll see many around before about 3 years after it comes out.

  (417) posted on 03.21.2010

"Never settle for less" patrol is alway an icon for politics and of road enthusiast.

  (1) posted on 03.10.2010

Looks like TLC 200. And what with off-road abilities? It’s still has a frame?

  (814) posted on 02.28.2010

well thanks to nissan motors, they have given me a chance to test drive the new patrol and I must admit that the new patrol has more power and faster than the previous one, it accelerates faster and very agile specially when overtaking and turning into tight corner while running fast. and its got a lot of space than the previous one.

  (1022) posted on 02.25.2010

Lovely Patrol it has the heart of a luxury car and a muscle of a heavy duty truck, nissan has really put it’s very best to make the patrol more competitive than ever.

  (647) posted on 02.24.2010

i like the upscale and macho look, but i am getting sick of the side vents, portholes and grilles that look silly on many of todays cars, trucks and suv’s. try something novel or create a unique look. other than this distraction, the car has a rich design.

  (567) posted on 02.21.2010

Politicians in our country will surely craving to get their hands on the new patrol, this is a good security car or escort vehicle.

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