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Nissan Patrol GR 2.8 TD SE

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Review

BIG 4x4s don't come much more gargantuan than the new Nissan Patrol: it's massive in every sense of the word at more than five metres long and nearly two metres wide. It's also pitched more upmarket than the previous Patrol which had a rather utilitarian feel to it.

The Patrol GR is part of Nissan's continuing assault on the 4x4 sector, which doesn't appear to have shown much of a climbdown in sales despite several warning shots being fired from market watchers. In fact, residual value predictions in the sector show it still makes financial sense to choose a 4x4, with values for the many models nudging 50% of original cost new, according to CAP Future Residual Values.

The latest Patrol is an all-new separate chassis design powered by just one engine - a six-cylinder 2.8-litre indirect injection turbodiesel developing 130bhp and 186lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm. The four-wheel-drive hardware is fairly straightforward: solid axles front and rear use multilink suspension, while high and low range on the five-speed manual gearbox comes with a differential lock as standard on the back axle. Two-wheel-drive is used in normal road conditions, with four-wheel-drive selectable on the the move.

Uniquely, a switchable stabiliser bar at the rear is designed to provide maximum on-road stability and minimum roll, while still retaining the capability for effective off-road traction and passenger comfort. Prices for the new Patrol start at a competitive ú21,150 for the entry-level three-door, rising to ú30,650 for the top of the range SE Touring. Tested here is the standard GR in SE spec, at ú28,150 on the road.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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