2011 Nissan Patrol | new car review

Posted on May 24, 2011 by







Not much has changed for in ’s very capable Patrol. “Size does matter” is the most obvious phrase that comes to mind, when discussing the Patrol. This 2.7 ton SUV has exterior dimensions large enough to belittle anything on the road. It’s massive chrome grille and 20 inch wheels are amongst the largest found on any SUV, the latter being second choice for anyone interested in weekend dune bashing. Blacked out pillars are borrowed from popular styling culture and gels well with tinted windows. The insides of this 7 seater are limo-like, luxuriously appointed with plush seating and a sea of space you can lose yourself in. You often tend to forget you are in a rugged and capable SUV. Fit and finish are not Germanic but they have done a decent job and the leather upholstery is soft textured, quite nappa like.

There is a choice of 2 drive-trains. The entry level SE gets a 317 bhp 5.6 ltr V8 coupled with a 5 speed Automatic transmission, while the LE variant gets a Direct Injection 400 bhp 5.6 ltr V8 coupled to a 7 speed Automatic transmission. The LE also gets Speed Sensitive Power Steering and Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HMBC).       An array of options keeps the Patrol tech-happy and the electronic gadgetry may seem like over-kill but that is expected of anything in the range of Dhs. 250,000. Standard equipment include a 6 speaker audio system, Climate control, Intelligent key with start/stop button, Cruise control, rear differential lock and Power mirrors amongst others. A 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive, 8” LCD display, a rear view camera, xenon lamps, sunroof, memory seats are all optional extras. 20 inch wheels, Intelligent Cruise control, Brake assist and Lane departure warning and prevention are only available on the top spec model. The Patrol is so capable an off-roader it can make most drivers look and feel good about their driving abilities off the blacktop. Terrain management settings can be adjusted via few buttons on the centre console.









Nissan’s flagship SUV has never been short of competition. The Toyota Land Cruiser and Chevrolet Tahoe also provide a good mix of power, space and comfort. The SE variant starts at a very last generation price of Dhs. 199,000 and the LE variant at Dhs. 236,000. A fully loaded Patrol costs a stratospheric Dhs. 308,000 and that is one financial hill not many might be willing to climb. For a more in-depth analysis, read our comparative road test report between the and Toyota Land Cruiser here. S pecifications: Engines: 5.6-litre V8 cylinder//5.6-litre V8-litre w/Direct Injection Max power (bhp @ rpm): 317 @ 5200//400 @ 5800 Max torque (Nm @ rpm): 527 @ 3400//560 @ 4000 Transmissions: Five-speed automatic//Seven-speed automatic Driven wheels: Four wheel drive Kerb weight: 2,660//2,700

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