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Don't order that Y62 or LC300 yet! All-new Y63 2024 Nissan Patrol coming sooner than we thought - reports

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Could the Y63 be coming sooner than we thought? (Image credit: Thanos Pappas)
Could the Y63 be coming sooner than we thought? (Image credit: Thanos Pappas)

The first step towards an all-new Y63 Nissan Patrol will reportedly be taken in June this year, when US dealers show off the New Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept, with the model to act as the first preview of the Nissan Group's replacement for its biggest and most powerful SUV.

Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota, and the QX80 is to the Patrol what the LX is to the LandCruiser 300 Series, so the fact the covers seem set to be ripped off the luxury version means the mainstream alternative can't be far behind it.

The reports surfaced in US publication Car Buzz, who says Infiniti's Senior Director of Operations, Bob Welby, showed them a slide of a still-covered QX80, and told them the concept unveiling would occur in June.

That timing ties in neatly with recent spy shots of what appears to be the next-generation Patrol undergoing evaluation testing in the Middle East, with both models largely tipped to launch next year.

Those images report to have captured a Y63 Patrol testing while wearing a Y62 body - so as to keep the secret just a little longer - but it all points to Nissan's biggest bopper taking some big strides towards replacement.

One thing that seems a near certainty, though, is that neither the new QX80 or the Y63 Patrol will retain Nissan's potent V8 engine, with solid reporting out of both the USA and the Middle East (important markets for the QX80 and Patrol respectively) pointing to the 298kW/560Nm petrol thumper being swapped for a smaller twin-turbo V6.

The reports suggest the downsized engine will pair with a new nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel-drive system.

The new Patrol has been spotted testing. (image: @cars_secrets)
The new Patrol has been spotted testing. (image: @cars_secrets)

But before we hit the panic button, it's worth pointing out that it's a path already walked by Toyota, which managed to downsize the engine but deliver more power, more torque and better fuel economy in the LC300 versus the LC200.

Nissan, too, will no doubt seek to at least match the current V8 on power, and beat it on efficiency, despite the fewer cylinders. It's unclear whether the Patrol's powertrain will be new to Nissan, or a tweaked version of an existing engine.

Also still on the table is electrification in the shape of Nissan's e-Power system, with the brand confirming that the technology that has just arrived in the X-Trail is able to be scaled up to a model like the Patrol, and that the development work had begun.

Nissan, too, will no doubt seek to at least match the current V8 on power, and beat it on efficiency, despite the fewer cylinders.
Nissan, too, will no doubt seek to at least match the current V8 on power, and beat it on efficiency, despite the fewer cylinders.

While the brand hasn't locked in timing or specifics, Nissan has furthered the e-Power conversation for its commercial and large SUV fleet, confirming not just that its hybrid tech would work on those models, but that development work was already underway to bring them to market.

"It's not appropriate to talk about the future product plan, but for a 4WD application, we have already applied e-Power technology to X-Trail, so you can confirm its performance," says Nissan Vice President of Powertrain and EV Engineering, Shunichi Inamijima.

"But I can say that the technology itself is applicable to larger SUVs or commercial applications, and technical development is going on."

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing Journalist
Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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