Let’s address the great big blingy elephant in the room. The Y62 Patrol is no spring Godzilla.
In fact, it was revealed internationally three whole years before 2013, meaning Nissan’s answer to the Toyota LandCruiser is about to turn 14.
And, back then, many traditional Australian Patrol fans were up in arms. Gone was the diesel, for a massive petrol V8; prices started well above where the previous Y61 flagship finished – and that’s north of $100K in today’s money. And there wasn’t even a manual.
Minor updates since then tried to keep things fresh, notably a big facelift in 2019, but the 4x4 continued to be an upmarket proposition, ignoring the old rough-and-ready go-anywhere reputation fostered over the previous five generations.
Which is where the Warrior steps in.
Kicking off from $101,160, before on-road costs, this Patrol isn't exactly affordable, since it commands a hefty $16,260 premium over the entry-level Ti eight-seater it’s based on. Hang on, wasn’t Ti Nissan-speak for top-of-the-line? Confusing.
Anyway, the company reckons context is needed, since that price is substantially less than rival off-road focused three-row equivalents, like the $143K-plus LandCruiser GR-S and Land Rover Defender 130. The latter starts at nearly 50 per cent more than the Warrior.
Seen this way, that’s a decisive value win for the Nissan in our books.
So, what does the Warrior bring to the Patrol?
You’ll immediately spot the raised suspension, for starters, with a 50mm ride-height lift (29mm of that is suspension, the other 21mm due to different tyre package) and 40mm wider tracks, but there’s much more going on under there, like the retuned hydraulic body motion-control system, revised front and new multi-rate rear springs, upgraded rear bump stops, the addition of a stainless-steel bi-modal side exit exhaust, and an increase in total GVM.
The grille, bumpers and tow bar have all been modified, the plastic wheel arch surrounds and 18-inch alloys on all-terrain tyres are new, there’s a Warrior-branded bash plate, twin rather than single recovery points have been added, and there are some subtle badges telling the world what you’re driving.
Oh, and the dated old wood grain’s been binned for Alcantara door and dash inlays as well as some gloss black inserts.
Being Ti based means you’ll also find a rear helical limited slip differential, surround-view camera with off-road monitor, tri-zone climate control with second-row air-con controls, powered and heated front seat, leather, keyless entry/start, heated/powered/folding door mirrors and an embarrassingly outdated 8.0-inch central touchscreen offering sat-nav and access to a CD/DVD player, MP3, Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming.
But if you want a phone charger, USB-C outlets, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a sunroof or powered tailgate in your Warrior, you’re out of luck.
This is a bush basher, not a glamper. Just look at it…