After months of uncertainty, Nissan SA has finally decided to launch its SUV flagship, the Patrol, in SA. It marks the return of an iconic nameplate that first appeared back in 1951. It has continued as a bakkie for a while, but the latest generation of the Patrol sits more in the luxury league than before. With Infiniti no longer importing vehicles to SA — meaning that its QX80 is not an option — Nissan has jumped in with the Patrol, essentially the same vehicle. It’s priced at R1,299,000 although straight off the bat Nissan is offering R100,000 trade-in assistance. It’s a big price, but it’s a big vehicle with masses of presence to match its huge 5.6l V8 which churns out 298kW and 560Nm. The seven-seat configuration offers plenty of space for transporting the family in luxury and it has a list of equipment, including Nissan Intelligent Mobility features such as radar cruise control, intelligent ride control to keep things comfortable and surround vision. It is a Patrol so it is ne...

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