The Y62 Nissan Patrol is now 10 years previous, however it’s making life more durable than ever for the Toyota LandCruiser.
With 670 reported gross sales, February 2022 got here near matching the Y62-generation Patrol gross sales document of 700 vehicles set in September 2021.
The Patrol additionally outsold the 300 Collection LandCruiser by 58 models, briefly flipping the script on a section normally dominated by Toyota.
The LandCruiser outsold the Patrol by greater than 14,000 models in 2021, and greater than 12,250 models in 2020. With 1342 bought up to now in 2022, the Toyota is presently 557 gross sales forward of its Nissan rival within the gross sales race.
What’s holding the LandCruiser again? The reply, as is so typically the case in 2022, is provide. The LandCruiser 200 Collection is now gone from showrooms, and provide of the 300 Collection might be tight all through 2022.
Toyota final 12 months apologised for the lengthy wait occasions plaguing lots of its fashions, together with the brand new LandCruiser. The model’s Australian web site is presently quoting wait occasions of as much as eight months for the 300 Collection.
Though you may nonetheless have to attend, Nissan says you may be ready 4 or 5 months to get your arms on a model new Patrol.
Demand for the Patrol and LandCruiser – together with ute-based SUVs such because the Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X – has spiked for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic, with closed worldwide borders driving patrons eager to discover Australia in direction of journey and tow -ready automobiles.
“Australians are clearly touring extra at house this 12 months, and what higher strategy to tow a ship or caravan,” a Nissan spokesperson advised CarExpert in 2020.
The Patrol was not too long ago handled to a (very) minor replace for 2022, with new badging and a brand new grille. There’s nonetheless no smartphone mirroring although, not to mention the redesigned, extra fashionable dashboard present in left-hand drive fashions.
A extra main improve is coming, within the type of the Patrol Warrior off-roader. Developed by Nissan and Premcar, the rugged Patrol will comply with within the footsteps of the Navara Warrior ute.
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