Nissan's Australian division has launched the all-new 2013 Patrol, a full-size SUV that carries on an iconic 60-year old nameplate.
Designed to take on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the 2013 Patrol features body-on-frame construction and a redesigned body that puts the behemoth in line with Nissan's global design language.
Like its Toyota-badged rival, the Patrol has moved upmarket and even the entry-level ST-L model is equipped with power seats, parking sensors on both ends, a rear-view camera and a seven-inch LCD screen that allows the occupants to control the infotainment system.
The range-topping Ti-L model takes things a step further and comes with satellite navigation, LCD screens mounted in the front headrests and Nissan's Around View System, which uses four cameras to give the driver and overhead view of the SUV.
Regardless of trim level, the Australian-spec Patrol is only offered with a 5.6-liter gasoline-burning V8 engine that sends 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft. of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Performance figures were not released.
Buyers who are a diesel-powered Patrol can still buy the last-generation model. Less posh and more rugged, it is marketed as a work truck and is more affordable than its family-hauling sibling.
At the time of writing Nissan does not plan on adding the Patrol to its U.S. lineup but the Infiniti QX56 is closely related to it.