The price of entry into the 2015 Nissan Patrol V8 range has today been slashed by a massive $23,400 as the company pulls out all the stops to shake up slow sales of its flagship SUV.
Nissan has been talking about the need to reduce Patrol pricing for some time now, potentially in order to better align the behemoth with actual transaction prices (broadly, what people who buy them have actually been paying).
The range update sees the discontinuation of the former ST-L range-opener, which retailed for $82,690 plus on-roads. The new entry variant is the eight-seater Patrol Ti, which you can buy for $69,990 (about $77,400 drive-away). This compares to the previous Patrol Ti price of $93,390.
The flagship seven-seater Patrol Ti-L has been cut by even more — $27,500, down from $114,490 to $86,990 (or about $95,300 drive-away).
Equivalent (petrol) versions of the 200 Series Toyota LandCruiser — the Patrol’s biggest rival — cost $80,990 (GXL), $90,990 (VX) and $110,990 (Sahara). The LandCruiser can be had in diesel guise, however, unlike the thirsty Patrol.
The price cuts leave plenty of room for the new Infiniti QX80, a luxury version of the Nissan that launches on July 21, and is likely to be priced about where the Patrol was priced.
Since its launch in early 2013, the new-generation Japanese-made (Y62) Nissan Patrol has been a slow seller. Part of this is down to its high pricing, but perhaps more so the lack of a diesel engine.
Because its major markets are the US and Middle East, Nissan never bothered to make a diesel engine — it has a 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre V8 — and there is not significant enough scale to re-engineer an existing unit such as the Cummins unit in the Titan truck.
Nissan continues to sell diesel-powered versions of the 18-year old Y61 Patrol to cover the shortfall, priced between $53,890 and $57,390.
Standard features across the Patrol range include an Off-Road Monitor, which provides information on steer angle, tyre slip and tyre pressure as well as a compass, and a Traffic Monitoring System, which provides real-time traffic updates to help avoid delays, integrated into the navigation system.
Other features include Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system, leather-accented seats, satellite-navigation, an Around View Monitor, and a tyre-pressure monitor.
The unchanged V8 engine sends torque via a seven-speed automatic transmission to the Nissan All-Mode 4×4 system with electronic 4WD selection. There’s a new gear-shift lever position, now moved to the right-hand side of the centre console, located closer to driver (much welcome).
Colour changes see Alpine White replaced with Ivory Pearl and Precision Grey replaced with Gun Metallic.
Patrol V8 features a myNissan Service Certainty schedule, three year/100,000 kilometre warranty (extended warranty optional) and three-year roadside assist program as standard.
2015 Nissan Patrol V8 pricing (plus on-roads):