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Next-gen Nissan Patrol could downsize to V6 twin-turbo 3.5-litre engine to replace V8


Overseas reports suggest that the Nissan Patrol’s huge 5.6-litre petrol V8 will be discontinued when the next-generation vehicle arrives mid-decade

The next-generation Nissan Patrol will arrive in the middle of the decade with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine – if overseas reporting is to be believed.

Reports from the Middle East have stated that the next Patrol, dubbed the Y63, will utilise a twin-turbo V6 slated to replace the current vehicle’s 5.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 engine.

The source report is printed in Arabic, and claims that Nissan began developing the new petrol V6 engine back in 2017, which is set to be matched with a four-wheel drive system and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Y62 Nissan Patrol studio shot
The current Y62 Patrol is powered by a 5.6-litre petrol V8 engine

A selectable four-wheel drive system will reportedly allow drivers to drive in continuous AWD mode – or to disconnect the front axle at the press of a switch. This drivetrain is said to be linked to a continuous four-wheel drive system that can be split into partial rear wheel drive mode at the flick of a switch. 

The current Y62 Patrol’s V8 engine produces 298kW of power (400hp) and 560Nm of torque. Notably, the V8 is naturally aspirated – so a twin-turbo V6 could easily out-punch the current engine on torque from the factory.

A spokesperson for Nissan Australia told Chasing Cars would not be drawn on the accuracy of the report.

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The V8 could be replaced by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 unit

The Middle East report says that the twin-turbo V6 engine will be used in “large-size” SUV models. If adopted, the engine would likely do service in the US market, where the Patrol wears Armada badging. It could also be slotted under the bonnet of the Infiniti QX80 – Nissan’s equivalent to the Lexus LX – and the company’s Titan ute.

The current-generation Y62 Patrol is exclusively sold with a 5.6-litre V8 in Australia, though a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated V6 is also available in the Middle East. 0-litre V6 is used in the Middle Eastern market. 

Exact timing of the Y63 is yet to be confirmed, though the arrival of the new Patrol is expected to fall around 2025.