Nissan has had its first shipment of the 2018 Patrol land in Australia ahead of an imminent launch, with a revised look and sharper pricing.
Pictures of the new Patrol have also been released, showing the revised large SUV on the cargo ship and unloading.
Along with the photos comes information about a new safety feature, the “Intelligent Rear View Mirror”.
Nissan says it’s been designed to help drivers “see around” any obstacles in the second and third rows, allowing a clear look through the rear window.
An LCD screen sits within the rear view mirror, coupled to a rear-facing camera – basically, it’s like having a reversing camera on all the time.
The I-RVM is included as standard on the top of the range Ti-L as are blind-spot warning, forward collision and lane departure warning (and intervention).
A surround view feature for parking is coupled with parking sensors, and there’s also radar based cruise control.
Not a lot has changed outside, though, with a new front bumper and grille aligning the Patrol more closely with the rest of the Nissan range, while the rest of the sheet metal carries over.
Inside, there’s a new multi-touch panel infotainment system, with two USB charging points at the back of the centre console, while the range topper gets screens in the back of the headrests.
Under the bonnet, things continue as previous, with the 5.6 litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol unchanged, producing 298kW and 560Nm, coupled to a seven-speed auto.
Electronic rear differential lock with a helical limited slip differential (LSD) helps get the power down, even when off-road.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) including Traction Control System (TCS) uses the brakes to seek out grip, making the Patrol even more effective off road.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) also help when the terrain is a bit slippery.
Sat-nav with 3D mapping, eight-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth are all standard.
2018 Nissan Patrol Australian Pricing
Nissan Patrol Ti $71,990
Nissan Patrol Ti-L $88,990