Nissan Patrol Pros & Cons
- Powerful petrol-fired V8 engine
- Strong off-road abilities
- Luxurious inside cabin
- High fuel consumption
- Styling is a bit dated
- Requires plenty of parking room
The Nissan Patrol is a flagship sports-utility vehicle (SUV) from Japanese car maker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. This model comes as a five-door, four-wheel drive. It has been in production since 1951 and is currently on its sixth generation. The Patrol has recently been updated for the year 2019. For the Philippine market, the suffix "Royale" has been attached to the model name; hence, Nissan Patrol Royale. Nissan has been manufacturing motorized vehicles for more than ten decades. Its expansive product portfolio includes sedans, pickup trucks, SUVs, light cars and specialty cars.
The 2019 iteration of the Patrol receives a mild refresh. Under the hood, it retains the powerful 5.6-liter direct injection gasoline V8. Paired with a new seven-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode, it generates up to 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of peak torque. It has a starting price of PhP3,839,990. The car uses ventilated disc-type front and rear brakes. For its suspension, the Patrol is equipped with independent double wishbone with hydraulic body motion control (HBMC).
It is also outfitted with several safety and security features, including front dual, side, and curtain SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist, limited slip differential (LSD), rear differential lock, and anti-theft device with alarm and engine immobilizer. This SUV also comes with several driver-assist technologies including vehicle stability control with B-LSD, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Start Assist as well as around view monitor with moving object detection, parking guide, and corner sonar.
The Patrol undeniably boasts of a powerful engine that confidently fires off without the bark or clattering found in other vehicles. This comes at the expense of fuel economy – about 14.5 liters/100 km on the average.
Ride quality is generally nimble. The ladder-on-frame chassis which this old-school SUV is built on means there is some body roll. Nonetheless, the suspension set up works to keep this in check.
The Patrol works well off-road. Its all-mode 4x4 system works to ensure a strong grip on any road surfaces. Meanwhile, variable 4x4 mode allows the driver to easily shift between four drive modes: sand, on-road, snow and rock.
Standing 5,165mm in length, 1,995mm in width, and 1,955mm in height, the Nissan Patrol looks humongous and imposing on the road. This model has a rather dated exterior design. The front fascia gets the nameplate's signature three-slat wide chrome grille. On each side is a large, angular LED headlamp that comes with LED daytime running lights equipped with levelizer washer and auto function.
The side view of the SUV looks rather plain and straightforward with no prominent lines – this further amplifies its generous length and height. Chrome-garnished door handles and roof rails and 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels wrapped in 275/60 R20 tires give off a premium vibe.
The rear part of the car maintains the same plain-but-enormous theme, with a large rear windscreen and small tail lamp layout. The Patrol comes in five color options, namely Pearl White – which requires additional PhP15,000 – Black Obsidian, Gun Metallic Gray, Titanium Gray, and Topaz Brown.
The Patrol's inside cabin does not carry that modern look and styling seen in the latest iterations of rival brands, but it looks very luxurious and comes equipped with noteworthy features. There are two interior color options: Tan Leather and Black Leather. With a large 3,075mm wheelbase, this SUV has plenty of room inside for eight adults. There are three seat rows inside. The driver gets a power adjustable slide, reclining, and lifter seat with lumbar support and memory function, while the front passenger gets a power adjustable slide and reclining one. The second seat row may be split 60:40 and manually reclined; it also gets a center armrest with cup holder. Lastly, the third seat row folds, tumbles, and reclines. All passengers enjoy leather-wrapped seats for that luxurious feel. The car is equipped with a map lamp and personal lamps in the second seat row.
The four-spoke steering wheel comes embedded with controls for cruise control, audio, and handsfree phone support, while the instrument console is consistent with the old-school look of the cabin. The dashboard has traces of faux wood panels, which lends a premium appeal to the car's exterior. A BOSE Premium Audio system is provided to serve the passenger's entertainment requirements. It comes with nine premium speakers, two tweeters, and two woofers. An eight-inch LCD serves as the interface for the car's infotainment system. It comes with MP3, DVD, and tuner with iPod connectivity support. Other impressive features include a panoramic sunroof, push button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.