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The Nissan Patrol will get a much-needed, sizeable, price cut around the middle of the year at the same time as its luxury arm Infiniti launches its sister model, the QX80.

Infiniti’s Patrol-based range flagship will compete in the upper echelons of the large SUV market against the Toyota LandCruiser-based Lexus LX570, which retails for $134,700 plus on-road costs.

Infiniti Australia has been toying with introducing the QX80 — formerly known as the QX56 — for some time, having gained Australian Design Rule approval back in 2013. But with a relatively bare cupboard of launches this year, any new metal must be a priority.

Infiniti will also launch a facelift for the Q70 sedan this year. Next year will come the new Q60 coupe, Q30 compact hatch and potentially QX30 compact crossover SUV. 

Infiniti QX80

Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery this week told us the Patrol would be “repositioned” to make room for the QX80.

At present, the petrol-only Y62 Patrol costs between $82,690 for the ST and $114,490 for the Ti-L — more or less on a par with the petrol and diesel 200 Series LandCruiser range ($80,990 to $113,990).

The lack of a diesel option — the Y62 is aimed mostly at the US and Middle East where petrol is cheaper — means Nissan has struggled to sell this Patrol against the Toyota, however.

QX80

It relies to a large degree on the previous-generation diesel Y61, which dates to 1997, to pad sales. The Y61 costs between $54,890 and $57,390.

Both the Patrol and the QX80 are available only with a 5.6-litre petrol V8 developing 298kW and 560Nm, matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission. A diesel remains off the table — there simply isn’t enough to demand around the world to justify it.

It’s unclear just how much the Patrol price will be cut, though Emery said the free-trade agreement with Japan would give it scope to make a decent move.




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