After 19 years in Oz, Nissan Australia said sayonara to the Y61 Patrol at the recent Flinders Ranges launch of the 'Legend Edition', and the company admits it will miss the old workhorse.
However, the local division says, it's confident the newer Y62 model range and upcoming future additions will more than meet market and consumer expectation.
Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice while in Japan for Nissan’s recent 2016 Asia and Oceania media tour, Nissan Australia corporate communications general manager Peter Fadeyev said the outgoing Y61 Nissan Patrol will most definitely be a model fondly remembered.
“It’s been a great model,” Fadeyev said. "It’s served us very well since 1997, it’s had a very loyal following, but, like all good things, it’s come to an end."
“We waved farewell officially [at the launch of the Legend Edition] but the Patrol Y62 easily picks up the baton for the leadership in our 4x4 capability. And that model, since its repositioning in 2015, has gathered many more customers and a lot of market respect. It’s fabulous for towing, it’s fabulous for off-roading, and it’s great for long-distance touring, and we think it is a very good replacement for Y61.”
Aware the Y61 Patrol’s end leaves the brand without a diesel-powered, genuine off-road-rival to the likes of the Ford Ranger-based Ford Everest, Holden Colorado-based Holden Trailblazer, Isuzu D-Max-based Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Triton-based Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, and Toyota HiLux-based Toyota Fortuner, Fadeyev says, for now at least, Nissan is confident the V8 petrol-powered Y62 Patrol will be ‘sufficient’.
“There is demand for a diesel-powered large SUV in the Australian market, but for now, we have the Patrol Y62, and we think that, for us at this time, it covers that market sufficiently. But there’s always the future.”
For now, though, Fadeyev says Nissan Australia’s SUV offering is “comprehensive”.
“If you take it from one size-end of the spectrum to the other, we have Juke, Qashqai, X-Trail, Pathfinder, and now we have, of course, Patrol Y62. We do have for the Australian market, pretty much, the entire SUV and crossover spectrum covered.
“I don’t think it’s a case of not having certain sub-sectors covered that’s critical, it’s that we have the majority covered at this time. And any car maker’s model catalogue is in a state of flux – albeit slow – so history shows that we often add models to our range. Who knows what the future holds…”
Are you a Nissan Patrol fan? We’d love to know what you think. Is the Y62 Patrol a good enough replacement for the Y61? And would you buy a large, off-road-capable, family SUV based on Nissan’s biggest-selling model, the Navara?
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