D he sale of the Nissan Patrol GR was in Germany already discontinued in 2009. At the same time, Nissan Germany announced that it no longer wanted to offer the new Patrol. With the successor now presented in Abu Dhabi, the Y62, it is also clear why: The seventh generation of Patrols indulges in luxury and abundance, with enormous dimensions and a monstrous V8 petrol engine. It doesn't share a single screw with its predecessor Patrol GR. An all-wheel drive for the sheikhs that is unlikely to be popular in Central Europe.
No more rigid axles
The seventh generation of the Patrol, which has been built since 1950, breaks radically with its predecessors. No more rigid axles, instead independent suspension. End also for the ladder frame, instead a self-supporting body with a styling that could also have come from Toyota. The engine was initially the VK56VD, eight-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection. 5.6 liters displacement, 400 hp and 550 Newton meters - consumption figures were not mentioned. A diesel will probably follow for markets like Australia, but no statements have yet been made about it. The V8 is married to a seven-speed automatic and controls a fully electronic permanent all-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive programs like Land Rover
The drive now has various electronic programs in the style of Land Rover's 'Terrain Response'. The drive can be switched to four levels using a rotary control behind the gear lever: sand, road, snow and rock. The engine and transmission controls as well as the control of the electronic driving aids are reprogrammed accordingly. The interior of the Y62 was wallpapered with plenty of wood, leather and aluminum, seven seats are standard. A video system with screens in the headrests and a new type of air conditioning with an 'air curtain' are also available - as in a department store, the heat should stay out even with the doors open.
Lots of luxury, maximum electronics
The chassis is equipped with hydraulic roll compensation (Hydraulic Body Motion Control System, HBMC), with which the heavy patrol is supposed to build up less body roll in curves, but at the same time still reasonably twist it in the terrain. Of course, an electronic hill climb and descent aid is also includedProgram. Nice gag, especially for desert regions: The tire pressure control system honks quietly when the correct air pressure is refilled after driving in the sand. According to initial information, the new Patrol will be presented to the public at the New York Auto Show in early April.