A couple of months ago we reported the new Nissan Patrol would be available with a V6.

In the interests of setting the record straight, the new Patrol will in fact be offered only with a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine.

The 4.0-litre V6 will be available only overseas where it powers the entry level model.

Released in 2010, the sixth generation Patrol was designed primarily for the North American market which explains why there is no diesel.

Ironically, the bloke that designed the off-road juggernaut is named Taiji Toyota.

We say ironic because the Patrol’s major competitor is the Toyota Landcruiser.

The lack of a diesel is something of a sticking point with Aussie buyers in a 4×4 market dominated by oil burners.

That’s because diesels deliver superior full consumption over the greater distances that Aussies tend to travel.

Previous Patrols were all available with a diesel and for a while the company sold the older diesel alongside the new model.

The Toyota Landcruiser comes with a diesel that delivers a respectable 9.5L/100km.

The 5.6-litre V8 in the Patrol on the hand sucks fuel at the rate of 14.4L/100km — and this is under controlled conditions.

New Patrol is available in two grades: Ti ($75,990) and Ti-L ($91,990) and is covered by a 5 year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Along with the new boomerang-shaped LED headlights, the redesigned grille highlights Patrol’s strong, angular front.

At the rear, Patrol’s new tail lights also sport the boomerang shape.

They are seamlessly integrated along with a large chrome nameplate and sequential rear turn indicators, which have been added for the first time on a Nissan vehicle.

Inside, a new centre console incorporates dual displays featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

At ease off the beaten track, Nissan Patrol features an electronic rear diff lock, Hill Descent Control (HDC) with on/off switch, Hill Start Assist (HAS) and an off-road monitor.

Patrol comes with an intelligent key with remote keyless entry, push button start, tri-zone climate air conditioning, cruise control, satnav with 3D mapping, an 8.0-inch colour touch screen display, and heated door mirrors.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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