Nissan Australia has increased prices for its Patrol large SUV for the 2021 model year while leaving specification levels static.
The Patrol range now kicks off at $78,910 before on-road costs for the Ti, up $1150 from last year’s version, while the top-spec Ti-L moves up just $575 to $93,365.
Nissan Australia has confirmed there are no specification changes in line with the price increases, but instead the change is due to the economic factors of “doing business”.
With no changes to spec, the 2021 Patrol continues to be powered by a 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre petrol V8, which is paired with a seven-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission in both grades.
Sending drive the road via a four-wheel-drive system, the Patrol also sports a dual-range transfer case for serious off-roading.
Standard equipment extends to 18-inch wheels, LED head- and tail-lights, while the Ti and Ti-L are also differentiated by ‘sporty’ and ‘premium’ looks respectively.
Safety systems on both variants include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert, while the top-spec Ti-L also scores adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring to justify its higher price position.
Last year Nissan Australia sold 2820 Patrols, a 44.5 per cent increase over 2019’s figure.
Despite the increase however, the Patrol still trails the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series in terms of popularity, with its rival finding 15,078 (+9.2%) new homes in 2020.
Nissan is planning on a more hardcore Warrior version of its Patrol to sit alongside the its Navara ute, which is to be built in conjunction with Australian engineering firm Premcar.
If the Navara N-Trek Warrior is anything to go by, the Patrol Warrior should score a number of off-road enhancements such as all-terrain tyres, a suspension lift and beefed-up underbody protection.
2021 Nissan Patrol pricing before on-road costs