It’s been a big year for Patrol in Australia, with the brand amassing half of its total 2021 sales in just the first three months of 2022. Better still, the brand says order volumes are still increasing, rather than declining, despite a period A waiting period of four to five months for customers.
That success gave Nissan an even bigger seat in the Patrol’s product planning schedule for the new model – expected in 2024 – while asking the brand to focus on off-road capability to continue its fight with the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 series.
“Three months into this year, we’re half as many as we were in the full calendar year last year, so it’s clear we’ll have a better year than last year,” says Adam Patterson, Nissan Australia’s president.
“We have a large order bank of four to five months, and the pace of that doesn’t seem to slow down. It looks like we’re still writing orders at a consistent, if not slightly increased pace.
“With the increase in volume, and we’ve been able to demonstrate that the demand for the Patrol is greater than we can supply at this point, we have a bigger voice at the table.”
Reports out of the Middle East indicate that the people at this table are currently discussing Nissan’s new “large-size” models, including the Patrol, Armada, Titan and the new Infiniti QX80 from the ground up.
While the brand has been silent about the project so far, car_secrets A source within Nissan Middle East has reportedly confirmed that the brand is developing an all-new 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo petrol engine to power the models, marking the end of the 5.6-liter V8 petrol engine introduced with the Patrol in Australia.
Reports indicate that the new Y63 Nissan Patrol will pair the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with a new nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.
The move will mirror the move already taken by Toyota, which launched the new LandCruiser 300 series with a twin-turbo V6 of 305 kW and 650 Nm, and Nissan will certainly seek to outpace its existing V8’s output of 298 kW / 560 Nm. With its smaller V6 engine.
One thing is for sure, however, that the Y63 Patrol will have a laser focus on off-road capability, even though Australia is one of the few countries to put that capability to work.
“In terms of unique special requirements, it’s hard to integrate them into a program when … we’re one of the few markets that is on the right hand,” Patterson says.
“I would say[Patrol]has always been made to be a true off-road vehicle, and that is more in demand in this country than in other markets where it is sold,” Patterson says.
“Although it is a similar product to the car sold in North America, my experience is that the ability to use this car here is more than it is abroad.
“So the requirements of this market, I feel, are to be completely preserved, just to their off-road-capable heritage, because they are used. As we are sitting at the global table in terms of requirements, our requirements are to make sure that it remains as capable as ever.”