Looking to buy a big off-road vehicle to tour Australia? Nissan has just launched the new Patrol Warrior by Premcar, offering Aussie engineering and enhanced capability.
The Nissan Patrol Warrior is based on the Ti spec in Australia, only it features various external, internal, and underbody enhancements to help it tackle the toughest of conditions.
Premcar, a Melbourne-based engineering firm, has developed various parts and redesigned numerous aspects of the Patrol to improve capability. But to give it a bespoke look, there’s a Warrior front bumper bar and red bash plate underneath, special 18-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arches, grille and side mirrors, and unique Warrior badges.
The exterior also features unique recovery hooks, and a different rear bumper bar assembly complete with a black trim piece. Those 18-inch wheels also wear Yokohama G015 all-terrain tyres measuring 295/70 front and back.
In terms of hardware changes, the Patrol Warrior uses an overhauled suspension system, resulting in 50mm of extra ground clearance, with a 40-degree approach angle and 23.3-degree departure angle (with tow bar). There’s also Hydraulic Body Motion Control tuned by Premcar and re-developed front springs.
New bump-stops and multi-rate rear springs are also added, with a 120kg GVM upgrade and existing 3500kg braked towing capacity. And just so the Patrol Warrior is heard before it is seen Premcar has fit a unique side-exit exhaust system. The system incorporates a bi-modal valve and is made from 409 stainless steel.
Interior changes are limited to a unique black theme with Alcantara door and dash trimmings, some Warrior logos, and gloss black highlights. Other than that, it is the standard Ti, featuring all of the regular luxuries.
The engine is untouched, aside from the exhaust system. That means it continues with a 5.6-litre naturally aspirated V8 that churns out 298kW and 560Nm. This is matched to a seven-speed automatic with four-wheel drive, including a limited-slip differential at the back.
Despite the additional engineering, the Patrol Warrior is priced reasonably close to the regular Ti. Speaking about its launch, Premcar Engineering director, Bernie Quinn, said:
“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. 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 2024 Nissan Patrol, including the Warrior, is on sale in Australia now, priced from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2024 Nissan Patrol Ti: $84,900
2024 Nissan Patrol Ti-L: $97,600
2024 Nissan Patrol Warrior: $101,160