The oldest and most off-road-focused version of the Nissan Patrol is bowing out with a final, limited model called the Legend Edition.
Nissan Australia had been expected to end sales of the Y61 Patrol, which would have required significant investment to bring its 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine up to modern emissions standards.
Driveaway pricing for the Legend Edition is $57,990 for a five-speed manual gearbox model, or $60,990 for the four-speed auto alternative. Just 300 units will be available.
Both are $8000 higher than the driveaway pricing for the Nissan Patrol ST on which the Legend is based, though Nissan has added a range of accessories valued at $10,000 to give buyers a $2K win.
The accessories include a heavy-duty steel bull bar, electric winch, snorkel, tow bar, roof rack, navigation, reversing camera, Legend Edition decal, and a soft external spare-wheel cover featuring ‘Legend Edition’.
More than 100,000 units of the Y61 Patrol have been sold since this generation of the workhorse Nissan was released in 1997.
It leaves the SUV-style and more luxury-focused version of the Patrol, the Y62, which debuted a few years ago but was given significantly revised pricing in late 2015 – cutting almost $20,000 from its starting price, to $69,990, and adding more equipment.
The Y62 Nissan Patrol features a more sophisticated suspension compared with the Y61 that uses an old-school live-axle rear suspension. It’s powered exclusively by a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine, meaning the Patrol will no longer be available with a turbo diesel that is traditionally more popular for off-roaders owing to better fuel efficiency and driveability.
The V8 is notably thirsty, with an official consumption of 14.5 litres per 100km. The auto-equipped Y61 Patrol, on the other hand, consumes 11.8L/100km on average.