Nissan Patrol ute could be a V8-powered, RAM-bothering monster in Australia – Automotive Information


The Nissan Titan pick-up truck has been an on-again, off-again story for Australia for a while now, however with rumours now swirling of the large truck’s impending demise within the USA, it is one venture that now seems like it is going to be completely off for our market.

How, then, can Nissan do battle with the likes of the RAM 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 (to not point out regular-sized utes just like the Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota’s incoming “apex off-road variant” of the HiLux?).

The reply, not less than based on the web, is by including a mattress to the rear of the favored, and V8-powered, Patrol SUV, tapping into the recognition of that mannequin, and injecting slightly luxurious into the pick-up truck area.

The render above could be very unofficial, and was conceived by graphic artist Theottle, however we are able to nonetheless hope, cannot we?

The Patrol, in any case, has by no means been extra widespread, having damaged gross sales data for the model earlier this 12 months. Up to now in 2022, the Patrol has 3226 new house owners – up a substantial 122 per cent from the 1453 models offered up to now final 12 months.

A Patrol-based truck must also show a lot useful on and off the street, given its 5.6-litre petrol V8 which produces a heady 298kW and 560Nm. Additionally on board is a seven-speed computerized transmission, a full-time 4WD system, selectable off-road modes and a rear diff lock.

The ultimate piece of the puzzle? With regards to full-size vehicles, Nissan would possibly quickly solely have the Patrol to lean on, if rumours out of the USA come to fruition.

Stories in America level to the Titan disappearing from sale within the subsequent two years, with gross sales having been underwhelming.

America’s Automotive Information quotes sources which have informed it that the Titan can be retired by 2025.

“There is no plan engineering’s engaged on for changing it, updating it,” the supply reportedly mentioned. “It is lifeless.”

The opposite problem is the current-gen Patrol, which has been on sale for a while, will quickly get replaced by an all-new Y63 model (of which there was no speak of a pick-up model, by the best way).

That mannequin, although, can be extra tailor-made for Australia than ever earlier than, with the Patrol’s success right here affording Nissan Australia an even bigger seat on the product planning desk. And which means a sustained deal with off-road credibility.

“As the quantity has elevated, and we’ve been capable of display demand for Patrol that’s greater than we’re capable of provide at this level, we’re getting an even bigger voice on the desk,” Nissan Australia boss Adam Paterson informed us not too long ago.

“So far as distinctive particular necessities, it is tough to construct these right into a program when… we’re one among few right-hand markets. I might say that (the Patrol) has all the time been constructed to be a real off-road-capable automobile, and that’s much more a requirement on this nation than in different markets the place it’s offered.

“Although its the same product to the automobile offered in North America, my expertise is that the aptitude of it’s utilised extra right here than it’s abroad.

“So the necessities of this market, I really feel, is to maintain it very , very true to its off-road succesful heritage, as a result of it is utilised. As we sit on the international desk so far as necessities go, ours is to ensure it stays as succesful because it’s all the time been.”

A truck model? Unlikely. However we are able to hope.

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