2013 Nissan Patrol: At Home in the Desert or Dublin


The 2013 Nissan Patrol is Nissan’s flagship SUV, and although it was initially designed for the rigours of some of the world’s harshest environments and terrains, including Middle Eastern deserts and the Australian Outback (the Patrol was the first vehicle to cross Australia’s forbidding Simpson Desert in the early 1960s), the Patrol keeps getting stylish tweaks from the designers and engineers, giving it an increasingly luxurious feel that compliments its brawny muscle.


Nissan’s latest manifestation of the Patrol will be at home in Dublin or Delhi as well as vast wildernesses like the Australian Outback or the Arabian Desert traversing sand or stone. With its sleek styling and urbane amenities, the Patrol continues to challenge traditional ideas of what an SUV looks like.


It’s clear that with this flagship SUV, which is on sale around the globe, but particularly popular in the Middle East, Nissan is willing to play in the luxury SUV market (a fertile and growing market in many parts of the world, but especially so in the Middle East), while unwilling to sacrifice the rugged history of the Patrol and its impressive towing, traction and off-road performance. Indeed, though the 2013 Patrol has such luxuries on offer as a multi-screen DVD system, leather seats, wood accents, touch screen computers, satellite navigation, and a 13-speaker BOSE audio system, nothing a more pragmatic driver might want is lost here. A look at the specs and features proves the point, however if you prefer to keep things simple this SUV probably isn’t for you.


The 2013 Patrol’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension system keeps the vehicle rooted to the ground, even on the world’s most difficult surfaces — it is surprisingly good in surmounting Irish hills — acting as a stabilizer bar and shock absorber. To utilise this technology requires no advanced skill or training; one need only press a button, selecting the appropriate mode for the terrain. Available modes include ‘rock’, ‘sand’, ‘on road’ and ‘snow’ settings. Mind you, all of this stabilisation is for a serious piece of machinery with 4×4 handling, 3,500-kg towing capacity and a 5.6-litre V8 diesel engine.


In 2012, in order to prove the point that the Patrol has elegance and handling, Nissan worked with designers and engineers to create a gigantic mound of earth, then sculpted it to resemble a sound-wave from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, one of the most elegant pieces of music ever written. Incredibly, the Patrol handled the jagged peaks and valleys of the ‘sound-wave’ with ease and grace; it also made a great advertisement to see such a sophisticated-looking vehicle doing that. Nissan is of course following in the footsteps of many other car manufacturers in thinking outside the box when it comes to advertising – for example the ‘Transformers’ style Citroen C4 advertisement.


Safety has not been lost here either, not even with all the emphasis on style, sophistication and brawn. Safety features on the 2013 Nissan Patrol include a collision warning system that alerts drivers when vehicles have stopped suddenly ahead, but that’s not all: the Patrol’s cruise control assists drivers in keeping safe distances between their vehicle and other vehicles, and it also warns Patrol drivers when they are about to cross into an occupied lane on the motorway, or are too close to another car when attempting to parallel park or make a turn. You might well ask the question of course, are all of these safety devices really necessary and for the majority of drivers the answer is probably no! All of that beeping could turn out to be a nuisance rather than a blessing.


It seems Nissan have thought of everything in the course of designing the 2013 Nissan Patrol. However, perhaps they have taken it all a bit too far? Only time will tell once drivers make up their minds but what can be certain is that this definitely is a rugged 4×4 SUV able to negotiate a variety of different terrains with ease.

2013 Nissan Patrol