Nissan Patrol GU 4.8 was Nissan’s attempt to silence its rivals
In the late 1990s to early 2000s, the SUV had yet to take the world by storm – there was only really the Toyota RAV4 – and as such, things were more competitive in the body-on-frame seven 4×4 segment. More specifically, we’re referring to the battle between the Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Pajero and to a lesser extent the Land Rover Discovery and Holden Jackaroo.
The battle has always been fierce between the Land Cruiser and Patrol. In 2001, Nissan refreshed the GU range and in doing so, introduced a new six-cylinder engine, the 4.8 litre inline six. The power plant produced 185kW @ 4800rpm and 420Nm @ 3600rpm. Unbelievable for the time, especially considering that the 100 Series Land Cruiser’s petrol six only produced 165kW @ 4600rpm and 387Nm @ 3600rpm and even when Toyota introduced the 4.7 V8 in 2002, it only had 170kW @ 4800rpm but it was significantly more torquey than the Patrol GU with 410Nm @ 3400rpm.
However, both of these engines were hideously thirsty, with the official combined figure for the Nissan Patrol GU 4.8 was 17.2 litres (eek!) and the Land Cruiser wasn’t much better at 16 litres per 100 kilometres.
Thankfully the Patrol GU range could be optioned with a choice of a four or six cylinder diesel power plant, and Toyota also offered a turbo diesel straight six in the Land Cruiser. Probably more logical choices than those petrols, that said, they were surprisingly common.