The 2013 Nissan Patrol: A Luxury SUV for Australia, the UAE and Asia

Posted on 12 February 2013 by Tony Santos

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The luxury and comfort of the 2013 Nissan Patrol is immediately evident to journalists and car-buyers alike — at least most that we found. This long SUV, which comes with leather-trim options and all the bells and whistles, from a 13-speaker sound system with the option of premium BOSE audio, to rain sensor wipers and state-of-the-art off-road stabilisation features, is a dream vehicle that Nissan is launching this year in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia and the Middle East, including the UAE.

This 7-seat, 5.6 litre, V8-engine behemoth has a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. But don’t let its power and size (3,500-kg towing capacity with 4-wheel drive) allow you to think it doesn’t have sophistication. It fits the growing market of high-end SUVs that are equally at home rumbling through the desert at midday as they are navigating city streets at night. This makes the Patrol the perfect SUV for the regions targeted by Nissan

In fact, demand in the Australian market led Nissan to expand the brand’s selling territory beyond its initial boundaries, no small task given that doing so has involved instigating a right-hand driver’s side conversion for the Australian market. The conversion was an expensive proposition that shows Nissan’s belief in the vehicle’s sales potential in Australia and New Zealand.

There are several types of Patrol on offer; the Ti and Ti-L models of the Patrol feature the Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system, which acts as a shock absorber and stabiliser bar, keeping the vehicle grounded on uneven, off-road surfaces. It also features ‘snow’, ‘rock’, ‘on road’ and ‘sand’ modes, selected at the push of a button, to be used when tackling those surfaces.

Safety features on the Patrol include the Forward Collision Warning System (FCW) that can help protect passengers from pileup collisions, even when the vehicles involved are outside of the driver’s field of vision. With this same system, Patrol’s cruise control helps drivers maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and a ‘blind spot’ warning lets drivers know when they are about to veer into another vehicle’s lane or are too close to another car.

The company claims the 2013 Nissan Patrol is the ‘most powerful and refined 4×4 Nissan has ever made’ and auto bloggers, journalists and early reviews from car buyers would seem to indicate that most, so far, also agree with that optimistic assessment.

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