The future of of Nissan’s largest SUV, the Armada, has been in question ever since the Xterra was slated to be discontinued. Rumors swirling around the interweb indicate the Japanese automaker may be looking to use the Patrol as a possible replacement. The Nissan Patrol shares a platform with the Infiniti QX80 and is sold elsewhere throughout the world as a competitor to the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Dating back to 1951, the Patrol has a strong reputation as a competent 4×4. In QX form, the SUV has a 5.6L V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. If the Patrol were to make it to North American shores we’d expect it to receive the same powertrain. On the other hand, the Nissan Titan XD will receive a new gasoline V8 that puts out 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. This engine is another viable option for a new truck-based SUV from the company. In either case, the transmission of choice would likely be the 7-speed automatic also found in the QX80.
Perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves, as these are just rumors at the moment. Still, a new Land Cruiser competitor from Nissan would be exciting news and an ideal candidate for a run up Gold Mine Hill in one of our off-road tests. We’ll keep you posted as soon as – make that if – we hear more.
Until then, watch this Land Cruiser prove why it deserves its reputation as one of the best overland vehicles out there.