Today, most U.S. customers recognize the Nissan Patrol as the Armada. It’s a big, heavy luxury SUV often in two-wheel drive configuration. But long ago, the Patrol was a serious off-road vehicle they intended for heavy-duty use with the mechanics to cope with the toughest terrains.
Although they designed it as a competitor to the FJ 40 Land Cruiser, the Patrol has evolved since the early ‘80s into a modern SUV with global appeal. Nissan redesigned its chassis and engines, as well as the interior and introduced the third generation of the Patrol in 1980. It was a boxy SUV but with lots of interior room, tough mechanical components and undeniable off-road capabilities.