The Patrol may have been the first vehicle to cross Australia's Simpson Desert in the 60s', but nowadays offroading abilities come second to overall comfort, even in a car like this.
Nissan got the picture - Never in the Patrol's six-decade history had a generation change brought so many changes as the current one. Apart from the rugged terrain capacities, all the aspects of the car were chiseled.
In order to adapt to the customer's needs even further, Nissan decided to only offer the new Patrol on the markets where the demand for such cars is hefty.
The carmaker's comprehensive list of SUVs meant that the Patrol's withdrawal from certain markets, such as Europe, wouldn't leave a void.
We drove the Nissan Patrol in what is perhaps its favorite playground, Dubai. Here the vehicle makes perfect sense. All you have to do is opt for a high specification, as the equipment grades also affect the powertrain and suspension, changing the car altogether.
Nissan went the extra mile and moved the Patrol upmarket. The success of the move depends on how you look at the car. The vehicle still doesn't give you the impression of established luxury, but having a Patrol with so many new advanced features brings quite a lot of benefits.
The best part of the Patrol is still represented by its passion for rough terrain. The vehicle is just as rugged and, thanks to the extra technology, driving it over frightening areas is easy. The Patrol may have entered the new age of motoring with its ladder chassis in place, but you can now control it with two fingers.
At the other end of our approval scale, we find the Nissan Patrol's weight. No efforts were made to make the vehicle lighter and you can feel this. The area where you'll least notice this drawback is offroading, where the extremely capable chassis and new AWD system make the inertia of the thing irrelevant.
The restraints brought by the mass can become bothering, especially on the open road. And this also brings the Patrol a monumental thirst. Buy one and the petrol station owners will fall in love with you. The new Nissan Patrol also loses its diesel option, so there's absolutely no way of avoiding the pump. Of course, this is all a big joke in the Middle East, where you bring the tank with the change you got after buying a sandwich.
The ugly side of the Patrol is obviously the styling. The design may have evolved, but we still wouldn't call it "inspirational". In fact, Mary, one of our guest editors, wants to share her opinion on the Nissan Patrol's looks.
When it comes to the competition, there aren't any objective reasons for choosing between this and a Toyota Land Cruiser, aside from the Nissan's lack of a diesel.
The Nissan Patrol is still an offroader, but now it tolerates the asphalt world much better than before.Continue reading