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Nissan Patrol Y63 2024: what could replace its mighty V8 heart?


The Y62 Patrol has been on sale since 2010 – will the inbound Patrol Warrior be the last time we see a V8 in this off-road SUV?

The current Nissan Patrol has been on sale since 2010, and today, some would argue that this Toyota Land Cruiser rival is starting to feel its age. 

Despite its 14-year vintage, Nissan still has a new iteration of the Patrol on the way in the form of the Premcar-tuned Warrior edition which could mark the final chapter of the Y62 Patrol and its V8 engine before a new generation arrives in the near future. 

It’s one of the last V8 engined SUVs on sale in Australia, but it’s also thirsty with a claimed combined figure of 14.4L/100km – and that’s when using 98 octane petrol.

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The Nissan Patrol is one of the last V8-powered SUVs on sale in Australia

In current Y62 spec, the Patrol is fitted with a naturally-aspirated 5.6-litre V8 engine making 298kW/560Nm. It remains one of the only SUVs still sold in Australia with an engine of that type

It shares this engine layout with only a few other cars in Australia, such as the Ford Mustang and Lexus LC500 sports coupe. 

What will power a future Patrol then? 

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Nissan’s 5.6-litre V8 could be soon replaced by a turbo V6

Rumours have been circulating that the next-generation Patrol, likely to be called the Y63, could use a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine. 

We know already that diesel power is likely to be off the cards for Nissan company-wide, with the brand saying previously that “we will not go (towards diesels) and we don’t want to come back”. 

It’s unlikely, then, that the Patrol will use a diesel engine in the future, such as the Navara’s 2.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel inline-four.

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The Nissan Patrol could use a 3.5-litre turbo V6 in the future

The more obvious choice would be the 3.0-litre VR30 engine used in cars such as the Infiniti Q50 and the new Nissan Z sports coupe

However, leaked dealership information out of the USA stated last year that the 5.6-litre V8 engine used in the Nissan Armada (the US version of the Patrol) would be dropped in favour of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine.

If true, this could mean the current VQ35 engine (currently naturally-aspirated) could gain a pair of turbochargers and be heavily revised for an SUV application, however nothing has been confirmed as of yet. 

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The Nissan Patrol Warrior will be a final send off for the V8-powered SUV

Nissan could bring in its new nine-speed auto 

Nissan could also ditch the seven-speed automatic from the current Patrol and instead fit its new nine-speed automatic transmission. 

This nine-speed transmission is already used in the US market Titan full-size ute, a vehicle which is capable of towing 4.2-tonnes so its use would be suited to the needs of the Patrol.

Nissan Patrol 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Ti: $82,160
  • Ti-L: $95,115