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Someone may be asking this one day so thought I would put it on the forum for reference.

Nissan Patrol models and date of manufacturing.

Make: Nissan Patrol
Model: GU Mk2 Patrol

Release date: Jan / 2004 to now

Comments: Substantial changes and a new specification structure marked the facelifted GU Mk2 Patrol.

Every exterior panel, bar the roof, was altered on all seven-seat variants, and include redesigned headlights, grille, bonnet, bumpers, mudguards, rear valance, tail-lights and wheels.

Nissan went for a luxury-look interior with the cabin overhaul, headed by a very car-like dash that it promises offers better quality and greater ergonomics.

Revised seats, trim, console and even door handles also bring the Patrol up to date. New features include satellite navigation and a rear-facing camera.

The models now read: five-seat DX and seven-seat ST, ST-S, ST-L and Ti. The biggest engine change has been to the 3.0 TDI four-cylinder five-speed manual; it now emits 118kW/380Nm (116kW/354Nm for the auto).

The 114kW/360Nm 4.2-litre TD42 six-cylinder engine is a carryover from before, as is the 185kW/420Nm 4.8-litre six-cylinder TB48 petrol engine in ST-S, ST-L and luxury Ti variants.

Nissan left the part-time 4WD system, coil-spring suspension with front and rear stabiliser bars with suspension stroke for greater wheel articulation untouched.

Meanwhile the five-seat wagon body (DX only) gained a new front bumper and most of the panel changes, while its cabin trim material was bespoke.

Standard features on all models include air-con, driver’s airbag, central locking, power mirrors and CD player.

Make: Nissan Patrol
Model: GU Patrol


Release date: Jan / 1997
End date: Jan / 2004

Comments:An evolutionary path from the super-successful GQ, the four-coil suspension GU series – or fifth-generation – Patrol featured a completely redesigned body (in four-door wagon-only body).

The two-door offered abroad was abandoned) that was larger in every dimension, a new chassis with huge strides in on-road dynamic control and refinement yet with better off-road ability, increased security and crash safety and a significantly improved cabin.

Equipment levels rose, seven seats were optional and modern passenger-car innovations like smart airbags were incorporated.

The Patrol started at the DX level and rose to the ST and luxury Ti models.

Initially engines were the 95kW/252Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel (TD), 91kW/272Nm 4.2 OHV six-cylinder diesel and 145kW/350Nm 4.5-litre TD45 petrol motor – the latter offering a four-speed automatic option as well as the others’ five-speed manual gearbox.

From May ’99 a 114kW/330Nm 4.2 TD (TD42T) engine joined the range. Running late were the GU leaf or coil-sprung cab-chassis models in DX and ST guises and boasting a 2500kg towing capacity and 4.2 diesel and TD units.

The GU Series II from April ’00 introduced a 116kW/354Nm 3.0-litre ZD30 four-cylinder TD engine in manual and four-speed auto variations, replacing the old 2.8 TD unit, as well as new front seats, improved safety and a redesigned grille.

In October ’01 the GU Series III added a 185kW/420Nm 4.8-litre DOHC TB48DE six-cylinder engine. It also brought along a new grille, headlights, taillights, bumpers, side mouldings, side steps, wheels and body colours, as well as revisions to the cabin and trim.

A five-speed auto replaced all four-speed autos. The cab-chassis also received an upgraded engine – a 114kW/360Nm 4.2 TD known as the TD42Ti – in late ’02, as well as a small facelift.

This engine also made its way into the MY03 GU Patrol wagon DX and ST. The Ti also gained a limited slip differential; and from August ’03 a new wagon variant – the ST-L – was slipped in between the ST and Ti.

Make: Nissan Patrol
Model: GQ Patrol
Release date: Feb / 1988
End date: Dec / 1997

Comments: Right from its onset the GQ Patrol two-door hardtop and four-door wagon variants shot Nissan into the 4WD big time, capturing hitherto non-4WD buyers, 4x4 buffs and fleet managers alike – along with a swag of awards.

The GQ offered buyers exceptional on-road comfort and refinement combined with excellent off-road ability at a fraction of the Range Rover’s (rising) price, as well as chunky, modern good looks.

New to the GQ was the long-travel all-round coil suspension, 125kW/325Nm 4.2-litre OHV TB42 six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic option and an 85kW/264Nm 4.2-litre OHV diesel unit.

The MQ’s straight-line 4WD transfer shift pattern was improved and refined, while on-the-fly low to 2-high to 4-high was now possible.

Cabin space increased markedly while comfort features included power steering, radio, clock and a tachometer.

The GQ range consisted of the two-door five-seat Hardtop and four-door wagon in DX and ST guises – with the latter two in six and seven seven-seater configurations respectively.

The MQ-based three-seat GQ Cab Chassis Patrol continued with a revised version of the old semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension for improved suspension travel and ride quality.

In late ’89 the luxury Ti wagon arrived. It included a high-roof body, chrome trim, a rear differential lock and two-way freewheeling hubs, air-conditioning, velour trim, power windows, electric mirrors, central locking and a sunroof.

In early ’90 a retuned version of the ex-Skyline (and Holden VL Commodore) RB30 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing 100kW/224Nm was introduced in a seven-seater ST wagon version.

A year later the Ti lost its high-roof body style for the more conventional low-roof wagon body, but gained the two-door Hardtop body.

Meanwhile, the DX Hardtop and ST wagon variants disappeared, although the strong-selling ST 3.0 and diesel wagons were renamed ST-3 and GLi respectively.

A facelifted GQ Series II was released in 1992, which included a revised 4.2-litre engine that included fuel-injection and other modifications.

Transmission, suspension, steering and sound deadening refinements were incorporated, along with bigger brakes and wheels and the standardisation of a limited slip differential and auto freewheeling hubs.

New seats, trim and side intrusion bars were also introduced. There was one more GQ facelift from early ’95, which saw the series through to the all-new GU Patrol of early '98.

Make: Nissan Patrol
Model: MQ Patrol
Release date: Jun / 1980
End date: Dec / 1987

Comments:The all-new MQ Patrol was a decisive step towards civility.

Improved space and comfort, a less truck-like interior presentation, better handling, ride and braking characteristics and new drivetrain options brought the Nissan back into contention against its rapidly evolving Range Rover and Toyota LandCruiser rivals, as well as new competition from Mitsubishi (Pajero) and Holden/Isuzu (Jackaroo).

Initially only a new manual-only 70kW/215Nm 3.3-litre SD33 six-cylinder diesel engine was available, with a revised (though short-lived) 90kW/280Nm 4.0-litre OHV P40 six-cylinder unit and a car-derived 88kW/201Nm 2.8-litre OHC L28 six-cylinder petrol engine arriving from April ‘81.

The redesigned body styles were a three or four-seater Hardtop, Cab Chassis and utility, with two four-door wagon (including a well-equipped seven seater) variants following from October.

In late ’81 the seven-seat Deluxe wagon became available with a three-speed automatic option.

Two years later a more powerful 81kW/255Nm 3.3-litre SD33T six-cylinder turbo-diesel option was launched, along with refinements to the suspension, the standardisation of a limited slip differential across the range, a five-seat Hardtop and a revised dashboard.

New five-speed manual transmissions were also phased in.

By ’85 there were 21 Patrol variants, including a two-seat Patrol Hardtop for rural use.

An updated 84kW/270Nm 4.0-litre OHC P40 six-cylinder engine debuted.

Nissan also better matched the Patrol’s suspension for Australian conditions, and included power steering as standard on all models.

Make: Nissan
Model: 60 Series Patrol
Release date: May / 1965
End date: Jun / 1980

Comments: DAT – as Nissan Datsun was known then – first considered four-wheel drive in the late 1940s, when it had been commissioned by the Japanese government to develop an off-road vehicle for military and civilian use.

But it wasn’t until September 1951 that it introduced the original 4W60 Patrol, a tough utilitarian separate chassis truck with similar styling and proportions to the American Willys Jeep, and powered by a 63kW 3.7-litre OHV six-cylinder NA series petrol engine.

It was very successful, prompting Nissan to gradually release a host of variants.

Its W65 successor of 1959 didn’t last very long. None came to Australia.

The 60-series from October 1960 was the second generation Patrol. Its job was to propel Nissan’s global 4WD assault.

Available here from 1965 in regular soft-top, K60 hardtop, G60 long-wheelbase and utility body styles among others, all were powered by a watertight 93kW 4.0-litre OHV P40 six-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox with a high/low transfer case.

Not much changed in the 60-series’ 20-year lifespan. During the 1960s there were modifications to the doors, mirrors, windscreen frames, interior trim and instrumentation, kick vents and engine outputs.

In ’74 the tail-lights were altered, three windscreen wipers were introduced in ’76 and during ’78 a large “Nissan” badge appeared across the nose, aand there was a hand throttle and updated dash.

Nevertheless, all 60-series Patrols have interchangeable parts.

The range was discontinued during 1980, making way for the new MQ Patrol range of September that year.

Reference: GoAuto.com.au