Proudly holding Guinness World Record for towing a 170.9 ton (170,900 kgs) cargo jumbo jet in 2013, Nissan Patrol SUV has landed in India, officially. Yes, Nissan India has brought in the SUV, but it is not yet launched.
In production since 1951, Patrol is Nissan’s flagship SUV. Over the years, the SUV has been manufactured / assembled in many different countries, including in India. Yes. As per wikipedia, Nissan Patrol was being assembled in India from 1969 to 1999 at the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur – a government controlled unit, which manufactures defence vehicles. This will give you a pretty good idea of how tough the Nissan Patrol SUV is.
Popular in the Middle East, the latest edition made its world debut at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show. The four wheel drive Nissan Patrol SUV is built on a ladder-on-frame construction. It is powered by a 5.6 liter V8 petrol engine capable of 400 bhp peak power and 57 kgm (560 Nm) peak torque with three transmission options – to include a 6 speed manual, 5 speed automatic and the top spec variant receiving a 7 speed automatic transmission.
As part of Nissan Carnival, the SUV is currently at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, along with 370Z sportscar and Leaf electric car. These three cars have been brought into India to gauge customer response.
Boasting of attractive exteriors and well defined interiors, this off-roader will be fitted with a host of safety features that include full-time 4WD system, Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control and massive 18” alloy wheels. Other safety features will also include Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist while the top spec model will receive Crash Sensitive Automatic Unlock System and Automatic Hazard Lighting System.
Nissan has not seen much success with CBU models launched in India in the past, but will surely hope to see the Patrol SUV to reach new heights if launched. Featuring excellent off-roading capabilities, the new Nissan Patrol SUV which shares a host of parts with the Infiniti QX80.
In Australia, the price of Nissan Patrol ranges from $90,000 to $123,000. If launched in India, expect a price tag in the range of Rs 1.2 crores..