As expected, the homegrown 2023 Nissan Patrol Warrior will come with a six-figure asking price, with Nissan Australia today announcing a starting figure of $101,160 plus on-road costs for its full-size homegrown off-road SUV.
That marks a $16,260 increase over the Patrol Ti ($84,900) on which the Warrior is based, and a $4560 premium over the luxe-spec Ti-L ($97,600).
So what does the extra cash over the Ti get you? A bunch of capability-boosting suspension, rolling stock and body upgrades designed to make the Patrol Warrior the most capable Patrol ever offered by Nissan in Australia.
Starting with the obvious bits, the Warrior rides 50mm higher than the standard Ti thanks to its all-new springs, dampers, 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tyres, while its underbelly is protected by a red steel bash plate and features a redesigned tow bar so it can accommodate the upgraded full-size spare wheel.
Other changes include a retuned hydraulic body motion control system, 120kg GVM upgrade, bi-modal side-exit exhaust, black exterior design cues, flared wheel-arches, unique front and rear bumpers, Warrior side decals and badging, as well as an all-black interior with a smattering of black Alcantara inlays.
The rest of the Warrior’s standard equipment list essentially mirrors that of the Ti, meaning creature comforts include sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity accessed via an 8.0-inch touch-screen, a six-speaker sound system, leather-accented seats, tri-zone climate control, eight seats, radar cruise control, automatic headlights, traffic monitoring, power-adjustable driver’s seat and more.
Headline safety gear meantime includes autonomous emergency braking, intelligent forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, intelligent lane intervention, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.
The chunkier wheels/tyres and accompanying flares mean the Warrior is 40mm wider than its stablemates, while its GVM upgrade means it has an extra 48kg of payload capacity compared to the Ti and maintains its benchmark 3500kg braked towing capacity.
No changes have been made to the Y62 Patrol’s aged but lusty 5.6-litre petrol V8, which means the Warrior continues on with the same 298kW/560Nm outputs as the standard Ti and Ti-L, as well as the tried-and-tested seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Premcar-enhanced Patrol boasts a 40-degree approach angle and a 23-degree departure angle on account of its extra clearance and redesigned bumpers.
“The Patrol Warrior by Premcar has been developed specifically for Australian conditions and is the product of some of Australia’s leading car-making know-how,” said Premcar engineering director Bernie Quinn.
“It’s been developed after thousands of hours of intensive research by our dedicated team of automotive industry engineering and manufacturing specialists, and we’re incredibly proud to launch the latest addition to the Warrior range.”
The big off-road beastie will be available in Brilliant Silver, Moonstone White, Gun Metallic and Black Obsidian exterior paint colour and covered by Nissan’s standard five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
How much does the 2023 Nissan Patrol cost?
Ti – $84,900
Ti-L – $97,600
Warrior – $101,160
* Prices exclude on-road costs
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