Nissan Patrol Warrior confirmed but 12 months away

Nissan Patrol Warrior confirmed but 12 months away

The Nissan Patrol Warrior has been given the green light for Australia, with a more rugged look and side exhaust tips similar to those on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG – but without the extra power.

The Nissan Patrol will receive the Warrior treatment in Australia, with the company confirming today that it has been given the green light for Australian showrooms.

However, the development will take another 12 months, so that the first deliveries should not begin for at least a year.

Few details have been announced, but photos released by Nissan Australia show the Patrol Warrior will get side exhaust pipes similar to those on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and a hint of rugged off-road tires.

Another image shows a raised Warrior emblem on the tailgate.

journey understands that the 5.6-liter V8 petrol engine will not receive a performance upgrade due to the additional costs associated with a new round of emissions testing.

It is also unlikely that the Nissan Patrol Warrior will receive a robust or barless bull bar similar to that used on the Nissan Navara Warrior as Nissan Australia has not yet developed an airbag compatible bull bar for the Nissan Patrol.

This means changes to the Patrol Warrior will likely be limited to a suspension, a new wheel and tire package, and minor cosmetic changes.

It’s unclear if Nissan Australia is waiting for the updated dashboard already available for left-hand drive versions of the Patrol, which includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Today’s Nissan Patrol is one of the few cars sold in Australia today without smartphone mirroring.

A statement from Nissan Australia issued today confirmed the Patrol Warrior, however dealers were briefed in state-by-state meetings over the past week.

“Together, the carefully considered and locally tuned modifications will deliver a Patrol with improved ride height, a wider stance and improved ride and handling,” the Nissan Australia statement said, while retaining the power of the 5.6-liter V8 298 kW and 560 Nm.

Nissan added, “Development…is expected to take around 12 months and is such a large project that it will require additional hiring, expansion and investment.”

Nissan Australia says it has sold more than 1,000 examples of the Navara Warrior Ute since its launch two years ago.

The company has not provided any price or sales projections for the Patrol Warrior.

The current Nissan Patrol ranges in price from $82,000 to $95,000 plus road costs. The current waiting times are between three and 12 months.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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