It isn’t that diesel powered vehicles aren’t common around the world, they are…it’s that outside of a few niche areas, diesel performance isn’t that popular and certainly, there isn’t anywhere that does the whole monster coal-rolling thing like North America, is there? And yes, I say North America because while it might be easy to just say it’s a Texas thing or a Southern thing, there are plenty of folk up north who look like extras for Letterkenny who can’t get enough of the jacked-up diesel truck scene. For the most part, diesel types make me cringe, but even I can’t ignore the power that clatter-traps can make when everything is going right. A well-sorted diesel mill makes little smoke, lots of torque and unless you are trying to push PSI levels best described as “heroic”, the engine will take every ounce of the beating you’re giving it and will return for more without so much as a sweat. These engines are made for grunt work, and grunt you shall have.
This Nissan Patrol somehow got fitted with a GM Duramax V8. That doesn’t seem like a very likely combination…honestly, we’re used to seeing seriously turbocharged inline-sixes or LS swaps in the Middle East…but an enterprising Australian has made it happen. The idea of a large, solid diesel SUV is a good one, but please, somebody tell him that he doesn’t need to leave storm clouds wherever that Nissan goes!