2020 Nissan Patrol Review: Luxury SUV

If you sit inside the new Nissan Patrol (also known as the Y62), you would realize not much has changed in this latest iteration. Nissan seems to be playing it safe as they have refrained from making any dramatic changes. The model that I tested was the Nissan Patrol V6 Titanium (known as the Armada in the US). The Nissan Patrol enjoys being the UAE’s best selling vehicle.

Detailed Review Video of Nissan Patrol V6

The most noticeable upgrade is visible in the new headlights and taillights. The C-shaped LED headlights house 52 LEDs while the LED taillights accommodate 44 LEDs. The taillights come with the sequential turning lights. That’s new!

Some of the other changes include a novel V-motion design grille which has been updated in all of Nissan’s latest models, dual touchscreen screens in the dashboard – the upper one is for navigation while the lower is for infotainment and mobile connectivity – and lastly, a 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

Nissan Patrol Exteriors
Nissan Patrol Exteriors

There are two bumper options available: the standard city option which has lots of chrome and the off-road version which has improved ground clearance. My test car had the off-road bumper and honestly, I liked the look of the off-road version because it gave the car an aggressive look.

The Nissan Patrol is an SUV that is loaded with features. It has got adaptive cruise control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, 13 speaker music system, Intelligent Rear-View Mirror and Lane Departure Assist. If you splurge and go for the Platinum version, you get real leather trims as well! In the other versions, the wood and leather used are artificial. My advice is don’t brag about it with someone who owns the platinum version of the Patrol.

Nissan Patrol interiors
Nissan Patrol interiors

What has not changed is how huge the Patrol really is. For someone who’s new to this SUV, a Patrol is like owning a studio apartment on wheels. It’s got 7 seats with generous boot space (which is if you choose to fold down the third row), legroom that comes in meters and the highlight of owning this car – its off-road capability.

And that brings me to the Patrol’s real appeal. The Patrol comes with two engine options and three variants with each option. A 4.0-litre V6 engine might not sound a lot in an SUV that weighs slightly less than the mountain. But this V6 still manages to produce a modest 275 bhp and 394 N-m of torque. The engine is mated to a smooth 7–speed automatic gearbox that allows the Patrol V6 to average somewhere between 8 to 8.5 kpl. All these stats are impressive, but it’s the off-roading capabilities that I am the most astounded by. It took a lot to convince my mind, that a car this size can take on dunes that easily. No seriously, like effortlessly. I spent a good 2 days in the desert and not once did I get stuck or had any of my wheels begging for traction. This from someone who hasn’t done off-roading at all. All you have to do is set it to the correct mode using the swanky terrain selector knob and you are good to go.

Nissan Patrol Desert Drive
Nissan Patrol Desert Drive

The suspension setup & chassis balance makes the Patrol glide over any terrain with little to no sweat. Its beefier cousin the V8 version comes with Hydraulic Body Motion Control, a setup that helps soak bumps easily and reduces body roll when cornering. The Patrol V6 misses out on that one completely. Nonetheless, I am still impressed with the V6.

There are reports from last year that do mention that Nissan is slated to launch the Patrol into the Indian market sometime during this year-end. You can check out a walk around video in Hindi for the same:

Nissan Patrol has been an iconic car to the Middle East region. People take pride in driving them. I was shown a thumbs up every single time I was driving it from a fellow Patrol driver. It is humongous but the light steering wheel makes it easier to manoeuvre. The base version of a V6 Patrol starts from AED 199,900 ($54,500) and goes up to AED 265,000 ($72,000). Never has owning a car and a studio apartment (both on wheels) been so convenient. Happy Dune Bashing!

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Top 5 cars to buy in the UAE in 2018

UAE is one of the craziest markets to have some of the best cars available worldwide. Not only are the residents here spoiled for choice, but the love for cars has led to an unlimited catalog of some amazing Supercars, Luxury Cars & Sports Cars that are nowhere to be seen in the world. Some of the most beautiful & rare cars exist here in UAE. In fact, as per a survey by Autodata Middle East, people in UAE on an average change their car every 3 years. It’s that frequent! And it is this reason, that pretty much all the manufacturers are available in the UAE.

With such variety of cars in option, one is sure to get confused. While a car in every design and budget is available in the UAE, a majority of the car buyers also think about a lot of factors like car maintenance, parts & resale value. Every car depreciates differently which needs to be factored in when buying a car. In order to make your car buying decision a little easier, here is a list of the top 5 car manufacturers & their top selling cars in the UAE between 2017 and 2018 in descending order.

  1. Toyota

Toyota Land Cruiser (Photo Credit – autoexpress.co.uk)

By far, the most popular car brand in UAE with a market share of 23%. Toyota makes some of the most robust & reliable cars which are suitable for a country like UAE where the harsh summers take a toll on the car. But with, Toyota’s quality & reliability that is taken care of.

One of their most popular selling car and a desert favorite too is the Land Cruiser which is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an automatic transmission and gives fuel economy of 11 kmpl which is impressive for a car that size and with an engine that big.

  1. Mercedes Benz

Mercedes S-Class (Photo Credit – motor1.com)

Quite a surprise this may seem but Mercedes comes second in the overall sales in UAE with a market share of just over 12%. While everyone is pretty much a fan of German cars & their engineering, Mercedes S-Class is their best selling model compared to the other models available. The fuel economy ranges anywhere from 8.5 to 11 kmpl based on the driving conditions with power ranging from 230 to 575 Bhp. All the Mercedes cars are available with an Automatic Transmission.

  1. Nissan

Nissan Patrol Safari (Picture Credit – nissan.com)

Nissan cars have always been an integral part of the UAE’s transportation network. No wonder it comes third on the list of Top 5 manufacturers with a market share of little over 11%. With the same build quality & reliability just like Toyota & in a country obsessed with SUVs their most sought after model is the Patrol Safari. With cheap maintenance costs, the Patrol Safari comes fully loaded with intelligent 4 cameras that give you a 360-degree view of your vehicle and audio-visual alert to help you detect any objects around the car. Equipped with a 4 wheel drive system, the Patrol Safari comes with an option of 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox.

  1. Lexus

Lexus LX 570 (Photo Credit – lexus.com)

Japanese sure know how to capture the market. Coming on the fourth spot is the Lexus. Lexus is the luxury car division of Japanese automaker Toyota. It is Japan’s largest-selling maker of premium cars. Lexus has a market share of 8.5%. The premium manufacturer’s LX 570 is one of the best selling cars in the UAE market. With almost 513 Bhp from a 5.7 liter engine and an Automatic Transmission, this five seater off roader comes with multi-function steering wheel, wireless charging & a fancy gear knob.

  1. Hyundai

Hyundai Tuscon (Picture Credit – carscoops.com)

These days Hyundai is pretty much into every market. And wherever they are, they make sure they are in the top 5. Grabbing the fifth spot in the list, Hyundai makes the highest money by selling the Tucson. Inspired by the new fluidic design concept, the Tucson has a modest 2 liter engine that churns out anywhere between 150 to 180 Bhp. And it isn’t behind in the safety department either as it comes with 6 airbags. Hyundai is one of the fastest growing automobile manufacturer and is catching up with the other manufacturers too. It has a decent resale value and is super reliable too.

A lot of car manufacturers are eyeing to dominate the UAE’s growing car market. And there are several new automobile companies that plan on entering into the UAE market soon. One of the major attractions of UAE is the host of Supercars, Fancy & Luxurious Cars that are always passing by whenever you step out on the road.

Which Car manufacturer is your favourite? Which Car do you plan on buying? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, if you need any help in deciding which car to buy, feel free to consult me. You can send an email with your doubts and I shall be more than happy to help you out.

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