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Infiniti specs hint at new Patrol drivetrain

The engine specifications of the next-generation Nissan Patrol SUV’s engine specifications have been revealed, to some extent. This follows the confirmation by Infiniti of the outputs and some other details for the drivetrain in the QX80, the Patrol’s cousin.

The twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6, or VR35DDT in Nissan-speak, is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and replaces the 5.8-litre V8 and seven-speed auto in the outgoing Patrol.

The new V6 comes from the same engine family as the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 used in the Nissan Z, and the 3.8-litre engine of the GT-R. While the V6 is more powerful and torquey than the outgoing V8, it also compares favourably to the current Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series.

The V8 delivers 298kW and 560Nm in the current Patrol, while the incoming V6 will have 336kW and 698Nm on tap in the Infiniti QX80 SUV. If the Patrol is introduced with similar figures, it will be considerably more powerful than the 227kW of the Land Cruiser. Torque is in the same ballpark as the 700Nm of the Toyota’s twin-turbo 3.3-litre diesel V6.

According to the information revealed by Infiniti, the new V6 also has a 40 percent wider gear ratio range, which allows for a more responsive throttle and efficient highway-speed cruising. Of course, the VR35DDT is set to also boast improved acceleration and greater fuel economy than the outgoing V8.

Initial comments on the drivetrain of the QX80 (and thus also that of the Patrol) are very positive and insiders say that it feels like you always have power in reserve. This eliminates drag and ensures that the vehicle is always in the right gear,

delivering a powerful driving experience,” Espinosa.

The QX80 will be revealed in Australia on March 20, so one will be able to glean more information regarding the next Patrol from it when it is unveiled.

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