Nissan has long talked about making a tuned Patrol Warrior for the Australian market.
Now the delayed project is finally moving forward, but don’t expect to see the finished vehicles anytime soon as the development process still has about 12 months to go before production begins.
Australian engineering firm Premcar is now developing a powered-up version of the Patrol – conceptually similar to the rugged Navara Pro-4X Warrior and Navara SL Warrior vehicles.
As with the Navara, Patrol Warriors are imported (in this case from Japan, while Navaras are from Thailand) and finished with Australian-specific modifications at Premcar’s North Melbourne manufacturing facility.
This is a step up from Nissan’s May announcement, when it said only that the Patrol project was under scrutiny.
The 2023 Nissan Patrol Warrior will be exclusive to that market and will feature wheel, tire and suspension upgrades – but the 298kW, 560Nm V8 engine remains unchanged, despite a teaser image showing one page inside the Mercedes -AMG G-class style displays. exit peaks.
Nissan and Premcar say the “carefully considered and locally tuned” modifications will deliver a Patrol with higher ground clearance, a wider stance and better ride and handling – all tested together here.
Premcar’s development program is expected to last approximately 12 months and will involve additional hiring, expansion and investment.
This follows an earlier Premcar expansion announced in mid-2021 and shows small Australian car companies can still thrive.
More than 3,500 examples of the Navara Warrior have been completed in Melbourne since 2019.
The Warrior project’s continued expansion into the Patrol nameplate was confirmed this week to Nissan’s dealer network, which has been clamoring for a Patrol range topper – as well as more stock of the regular model.
Despite high fuel prices, the Patrol has broken sales records this year, partly due to LandCruiser 300 supply restrictions and partly due to strong demand for vehicles that can tow large caravans and the like.
We don’t know if Nissan will sell Patrol Warrior models based on the Patrol Ti, Ti-L, or both. The respective prices for this pair are $82,160 and $95,115 before road costs, and using the Navara as a guide expect the Patrol Warrior add-ons to cost around $10,000 extra.
With continued high demand, there are plenty of near-new Patrols in the classifieds, costing thousands of dollars above estimated drive-away price points ($89,600 for the Ti and $103,200 for the Ti-L with a Melbourne zip code).
“I am delighted to announce that a Nissan Patrol Warrior is coming and I have no doubt that it will be a huge success,” said Adam Paterson, Managing Director of Nissan Australia.
“The Warrior program, our collaboration with Premcar, has already proved extremely popular in Australia and a new version of the already tremendously capable Nissan Patrol is a vehicle that I, like many Australians, can’t wait for.
“Our collaboration with Premcar is about developing vehicles that are a perfect fit for Australian customers and conditions.”
More details about Premcar’s Nissan Patrol Warrior will be announced shortly before the vehicle’s launch, the company adds.
“Nissan Australia’s confirmation of the Patrol Warrior program sends a great signal to Australia’s SUV buyers,” added Premcar Engineering Director and Partner Bernie Quinn.
“The Y62-Series Patrol is already a powerful vehicle, and the development and improvement program we are planning together will further enhance its impressive capabilities. It will also deliver another locally developed vehicle perfectly suited to Australian customers and conditions.”
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