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Back Vehicle News Nissan All-New Nissan Patrol Fearures All terrain Technology For 21st Century
14 Oct 2010

All-New Nissan Patrol Fearures All terrain Technology For 21st Century

Seventh generation Patrol is packed with advanced technology
• World-first Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) System for ultimate roll control and stability off- and on-road
• Exemplary efficiency from new, best-in-class, high-output 5.6-litre V8
• New 7-speed automatic transmission with Manual Shift Mode
• Independent suspension all round

With its fresh new styling, superior packaging, powerful but efficient V8 engine, clever off-road technologies and higher levels of luxury and comfort than ever before, the all-new Nissan Patrol resets the class benchmark.

A bedrock of the 4WD culture for nearly 60 years since production of the model began in Japan in 1951, Patrol is elevated to new on and off-road, performance paradigms.

The 2010 Australian International Motor Show will give visitors their first look at the new generation Patrol ahead of its local market launch once right hand drive production plans are confirmed some time in 2011.


The Nissan Patrol is synonymous with rugged, unbreakable reliability and supreme off-road capability: It is a legendary off-roader. Since 1960, when it was first sold in Australia, the Patrol has crafted a rich heritage and passionate following, as it has in arduous terrain environments around the world.

The original G60 Patrol has the notable distinction of being the first vehicle, in 1962, to successfully cross the grueling Simpson Desert, firmly establishing its goanywhere credentials.

The all-new Nissan Patrol is a technological tour de force, even more capable, even more advanced, and well-equipped to challenge the largest, and most complete all-wheel drive SUVs. It introduces a new platform, a radical design direction, significantly enhanced interior comfort and luxury, a powerful new V8 engine with exceptional driveability, a new 7-speed automatic transmission, and a new ALLMODE 4x4 system.

“The all-new Patrol is built with the high level of safety, performance and quality that characterises the Nissan brand,” says Carlos Ghosn, President & CEO of Nissan.

“We are confident that our flagship SUV will exceed all expectations.”

Beauty is more than skin deep. To overhaul its competitors, engineers working on the new Patrol project tuned and tested 200 prototypes for dynamic evaluation at the company’s Motegi, Oppama and Tochigi proving grounds in Japan before sending them to the Middle East for in-country testing. An early prototype ‘mule’ was also tested in some of Australia’s most unforgiving conditions, including the Red Centre.

More than 40 Japanese engineers completed a total of 13,265 hours of testing in the heat and dust of the Middle East and Australia to assess the vehicle’s performance, durability and suitability for this key market.

The all-new exterior design is authentic to the Patrol heritage, yet mixes a contemporary feel with the expected level of ruggedness, delivering a commanding road presence.

Inside, the all-new Nissan Patrol is adorned with high-grade leather, polished aluminium and wood-grain panelling. The seats are wider, higher and deeper in the front row than before, while second row passengers enjoy 100mm more legroom than the Patrol’s closest rival.

Structurally, the all-new Nissan Patrol sits on a completely new steel, ladder-frame chassis that now delivers twice the lateral rigidity of the previous model, resulting in more robust construction with a low vibration body.

The all-new Nissan Patrol is now the most powerful vehicle in its class, thanks to the new ‘VK56VD’ 5.6-litre V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) and DIG (direct injection gasoline) technologies that generate 298kW and 560 Nm of torque.

Despite the substantial increase in performance, the new V8 engine is also up to 14 percent more frugal than the engine it replaces, significantly reducing emissions.

Long Distance 140 litre Tank A large, 140-litre fuel capacity in the all-new Nissan Patrol boasts a long-distance cruising range.

A new 7-speed automatic transmission with Manual Shift Mode and a wider range of gear ratios than before enables the all-new Nissan Patrol to deliver power faster. The transmission also features a variable lockup torque converter, a new improved shift map and also a new automatic transmission fluid warmer designed to reduce fuel consumption at start-up.

In a world-first, the all-new Nissan Patrol employs a Hydraulic Body Motion Control System (HBMC), which keeps the vehicle flatter with less body roll during lanechanging and cornering, while delivering a comfortable ride in city driving, and superb stability on rugged and sandy tracks.

Another crucial part of handling equation comes from the new suspension hardware, which now employs 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension, upgraded from the previous rigid axle setup. Nissan has completely redesigned the vehicle’s suspension from the bushes to the links.

The all-new Nissan Patrol also offers a new Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, selected at the touch of a button. With Hill Start Assist, if a driver stops on a slope and lifts off the brake pedal, the system keeps the vehicle stationary – with no rolling back. Hill Descent Control uses the brakes to maintain a constant downhill speed of 7 km/h in 4H mode and 4 km/h in 4L mode.

A revised more effective brake system also provides the best braking performance in its class. With a new 4-piston opposed calliper setup at the front, disc size has been increased to 358 mm, while at the rear discs are now 350 mm.

Nissan has employed state-of-the-art safety technologies that help the driver to recover from dangerous conditions and minimize damage when a collision is unavoidable. These technologies include Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Forward Collision Warning system, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control, Helical Brake Limited Slip Differential, a mechanical Differential Lock and Intelligent Brake Assist.

The all-new Nissan Patrol comes with six-airbags, front Seat Belt Pretensioners and Load Limiters and Active Head Restraints.

Additional world-first technology available on the all-new Nissan Patrol includes Curtain Vent; an advanced individual DVD entertainment system; and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System with Tyre Inflation Indicator.

Curtain Vent is a totally revised climate control system. The system has several small but highly effective air registers mounted in the ceiling above each side window to blow a strong current of cool air downwards. This forms a curtain of air that acts as a barrier to heat penetrating the cabin.

The multi-screen, multi-functional individual DVD entertainment system boasts 3 displays, a dashboard screen and two rear-facing TVs; one 7-inch monitor embedded into each front seat headrest that can connect to the various sources of music, video and entertainment, such as the DVD, iPod and game player.

World First Tyre Pressure Monitor The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) includes an individual tyre pressure display and Tyre Inflation Indicator that provides both visual and audible signals to help owners conveniently maintain correct tyre pressures. When inflating a tyre, the hazard lights flash until the desired pressure is obtained, when the horn sounds, briefly. Drivers can monitor individual pressures from the interior display.

A unique feature is the cool box mounted inthe centre console between the front seats, equipped with a double-hinge design, allowing front and second row occupants easy access to up to six 600ml drink containers inside.

The all-new Nissan Patrol will also be available with a Hard Drive based Navigation (HDD) System and a 9.3GB ‘Music Box’. The all-new Nissan Patrol it is the first product to roll off an all-new state-of-the-art production facility; the Nissan Shatai Kyushu plant.

“The all-new Nissan Patrol continues the lineage of SUVs that has a reputation for reliability and durability,” says Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Australia.

“With its all-new chassis, all-new powertrain, all-new drivetrain, and the most luxurious and best-appointed interior yet, the all-new Nissan Patrol will set a new benchmark for the class.

“Not only will the all-new Nissan Patrol appeal to serious off-roaders, but its premium luxury features and technologies make an exceptionally strong case for it in the luxury 4x4 market,” he says.

“While the Australian arrival of the new generation Nissan Patrol is not imminent, we are preparing for its introduction with anticipation and, in the meantime, delighted to confirm the continuation of the existing generation GU series Nissan Patrol for the immediate future.”

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