Nissan Australia has shut down prospects of the Patrol 4×4 receiving a raft of interior and tech enhancements seen in left-hand drive markets, instead “focusing on enhanced capability”.
Speaking with CarExpert, Nissan Australia’s managing director Adam Paterson indicated the next big thing for the Patrol nameplate is the upcoming Warrior – a locally developed off-road performance variant it’s working on with Premcar, due before year’s end at the earliest.
“We had an update to the current Patrol with some exterior changes in model-year 2021. Our next big news with Patrol is the Warrior which will launch in the back end of the second half [of 2023],” Mr Paterson said.
“That will be based on the existing product. Similar strategy as with the Navara Warrior, which is primarily focusing on enhanced capability, because really what customers are saying and what we’re seeing is that’s where they’re spending their aftermarket dollars.”
“So many customers are buying the Patrol off our showroom and then digging into an up-fitter or aftermarket provider to increase the capability. That’s really where we see a ton of demand in this product, and what we’re looking to do is to satisfy that with a factory showroom-based solution,” Mr Paterson continued.
While the Patrol received the mildest of updates for model-year 2021, Australia’s right-hand drive models continue to be built with the pre-facelift interior devoid of modern infotainment.
In left-hand drive markets such as the US, the Armada, as the vehicle is known there, is fitted with a redesigned centre console featuring a widescreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Australia also misses out on the sports-tuned Patrol Nismo, currently exclusive to the Middle East, which gets a different interior design again incorporating an Infiniti-style dual-screen setup instead of the Armada’s more upright design.
Currently, Nissan Australia offers the Patrol in two trim levels – the Ti and Ti-L – with prices ranging from $82,160 to $95,115 before on-road costs.
The current Y62 generation first went on sale in Australia in 2013 (though debuted globally in 2010), and underwent a significant exterior facelift in 2019 for the 2020 model year.
During 2022 the Patrol saw 5724 registrations in the Australian market, representing 71.7 per cent growth year on year (YoY). It couldn’t quite match the Toyota LandCruiser Wagon family (13,152 units, down 8.4 per cent) but set several monthly records.
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