Nissan Patrol SUV with a humongous 5.6 litre V8 petrol engine; to launch in India
In an effort to boost the brand image and to give tough competition to the luxury SUV segment in India, Nissan, the Japanese car maker is all geared up to bring its biggest SUV, the Patrol to the Indian shores soon.
To be brought in as a CBU unit, the full-sized seven- seater Patrol SUV is a proper four-wheel drive vehicle which can overcome even the most unfriendly terrain. Mechanically, the rugged looking SUV is going to get a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine churning out around 400 bhp and 560 Nm of torque. To channelize this humongous power output to its giant wheels, in the international markets, the Nissan Patrol comes with three transmission options (manual included) while in the Indian market, the SUV is likely to come with only a 7-speed automatic gearbox in its range topping avatar.
In international markets, the Nissan Patrol competes strongly against the Toyota Land Cruiser while in the US market; it competes with upscale car brand Infiniti.
Talking about its cosmetics, the all-rounder SUV from Nissan shares a lot of its interior parts with the Infiniti QX80. The Patrol SUV can tackle all terrains (whether snow covered or rocky deserts) without any fuss, as it is going to come equipped with a four wheel drive system and Forward Collision Warning system (FCW) which will help the driver to prevent it from a pileup collision. The SUV will also be equipped with a cruise control feature.
Not just this, with its enormous weight of 3,500 kgs of braked towing capacity, the SUV delivers smooth acceleration, impressive steering stability along with positive handling of the vehicle which in turn helps in delivering when towing the biggest of challenges.
All said and done, one of the most important factors to judge its sales figures in India would be its pricing. With a hefty price tag of Rs. 1 Crore, being an expensive SUV from Nissan, the company is going to compete with luxury SUVs already prevailing in the market like the Mercedes GL-Class and Audi Q7.
Rewind the clock and you`ll remember when Nissan used to bring its CBU offerings like the X-Trail SUV, Teana sedan and the 370Z sports car to India, it is a sad fact that all were discontinued due to poor demand in the market, one main reason being high import duties. With Nissan readying to launch the Patrol SUV in the Indian market, we`ll have to wait and see if it finds any takers considering its steep price tag.