It appears Nissan is finally gearing up to replace the ageing Patrol four-wheel drive.
We’ve seen what appears to be a next-generation Patrol testing in the Middle East, and the fact the current model debuted in 2010 would suggest it’s time for a fresh model.
Automotive News reports Infiniti’s global design bosses last week presented American dealers with images of the next-generation QX80, a luxurious version of the Patrol, which will debut in the middle of 2024.
That gives extra credence to American reports the new Nissan Armada, which is the American name for the Patrol, will go on sale later in 2023.
The new Patrol will reportedly be petrol-powered once again, as is the case with the current model.
Although the current model is V8-powered, reports from the USA suggest the Armada, the American equivalent to our Patrol, will sub its naturally aspirated V8 engine for a smaller, more fuel efficient six.
That move would align it with the latest Toyota LandCruiser 300, along with American rivals such as the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
The new QX80 features a cleaner, more modern design akin to the latest Range Rover, according to dealers who’ve seen the car. Inside, the new QX80 will reportedly feature a slim screen spanning the width of its dashboard.
It’s unclear how different the next QX80 will look inside from the next Patrol/Armada.
The current Y62 Patrol has had a long innings, entering production back in 2010. It has been through two facelifts, with the most recent bringing a new dashboard design and modern infotainment system, but only for left-hand drive models.
The car currently on sale in Australia still lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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