If it seems to you that the Nissan Patrol has overfed itself during the development process, you are right. The Patrol wasn’t exactly the kind of car that needed to boost its size, but it did. The length is up 3.5 inches (90 mm) to 202 inches (5,140 mm), while the width has increased by 6.2 inches (156 mm) to 78.5 inches (1,995 mm). In addition, the Patrol is a tall guy, standing at 76.4 inches (1,940 mm), which means it’s 3.2 inch (81 mm) higher than its predecessor.
Speaking of the previous Nissan Patrol, a car that had a rugged appeal to its design, which has now been left behind. The new Patrol replaces this with a more tame approach, all in a quest to leave the utilitarian image behind and sustain the upmarket move planned for this generation.
Alas, this is a double-edged blade. Yes, as you approach the car, you no longer have the feeling that you need a map and a pair of hiking boots. The Patrol now blends in among other cars in traffic more easily.
However, this also mean that, as far as appearances are concerned, the size is the only thing that impresses, because it doesn’t pack any memorable details.
There one exception though and this is the front grille
. The strong lines not only give the impression of brute force, but also connect the Patrol to its family tree. We have to admit that its high positioning also helps it draw attention. For opulent size's sake, the hood level of the Patrol is higher than a supercar’s roof line!
The Middle East influences may have lead us to believe this, but we felt the Patrol has a warm look in its headlights
- when you’re staring at it, it feels like you’re looking at a tame animal, such as a camel. Nevertheless, while we couldn’t blame a camel for not having LED daylights, we don’t understand why such a feature is missing on the Patrol.
of the Nissan Patrol brings a mix between the ride height, which could make a Mercedes G63 AMG
look shy, and the rest of the lines, which aim to conceal the size of the thing. The best example is the windshield, which is much less steep that you’d expect for such a rugged car.
The rear end uses all sorts of tricks that aim to make the Nissan Patrol appealing to customers looking for more than just offroading. It looks like a carpenter was called in to take care of the old Y61 Patrol’s lines.
The features are still bold, but the edges are now smooth. For example, the tailgate has a few convex-concave shapes, while the taillights use LED technology
Make no mistake though, the Patrol still has a beard - Its rear apron is adorned with a tow hook
that’s always present, even in the showroom. And below the bumper, we find the spare wheel, reminding us of the car’s utilitarian side.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
It is beyond my power of understanding to see why we are forced to come back to operating agricultural machines every once in a while. This one is even worse than what I've seen in the past. In business, detailed graphs are everything and if we'd make one for driving, this car would bring a hefty dose of downward pointing red lines.
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