The Nissan Patrol was brought to India a week ago as a major aspect of its tenth anniversary in the nation. The vehicle was a LHD sort dispatched from Dubai for an experience visit held for the media and clients at the Buddh International Circuit. However, when Nissan Motor India was inquired as to whether it was thinking of launching the Patrol in India, its representative said there were no business plans for the SUV as of now but they might consider it if they see a demand for it.
The Nissan Patrol comes with a 5.5-liter V8 petrol as its fundamental markets in Middle East, North America and Russia support petrol motors. On the other hand, the Indian luxury SUV market is dominated by diesel motors. The expense to add to a diesel motor is referred to as being too high considering the worldwide interest. Less than 1,000 units of the segment it operates in are sold in India every year and the volumes won’t be enough to justify the R&D costs.
The V8 motor belts out 400 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 560 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and an electronic 4WD system. Talking about the features it comes with, it gets front, side and curtain airbags, a BOSE sound system and cruise control to name a few. It is expected to cost around the Rs 1 crore mark and that price, it will be going up against the likes of Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne.
Nissan does not enjoy that high a brand value as its German counterparts in India and it might just shy away from launching the Patrol here.
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