QOTD: Living Beyond One's Reasonable Years?
A new trim level here, a revised bumper there, general fiddling. Sometimes, there’s just no way around it — a manufacturer’s vehicular offering is overdue for replacement. Today we want to discuss the models on sale in The Current Year that have lived past their reasonable shelf life.
The idea behind refresh-not-replace is of course money saving; to stretch out a few more years from a platform that’s already a sunk cost. It occurred to me there might be several current models overdue for replacement after the article yesterday on the visually
The current Patrol debuted in 2010 overseas, the same year the fancy version appeared locally as the Infiniti QX56. Since then, Patrol has sailed along with mostly minimal changes. The 2020 (second overall) refresh looks as though Nissan put in a bit more effort. There’s finally a central screen in place of a bevy of buttons — thanks, Infiniti. But the rest of the interior does not fare so well.
Areas of age concern are found around the gear shift, the trim along the dashboard, the timbered wheel, and the big red starter button that Nissan has been using in various colors since sometime around 2005. All those things a manufacturer could redesign with a new platform must stay the same if you are stretching out an old one on a limited budget.
The refresh will probably net a slight sales boost, as the exterior alterations are definitely more pleasing and cohesive than the outgoing version. But it’s just not enough. The layers of lipstick are piling up on the pig, and cash-strapped Nissan needs to face facts: that their product needs replacement. Not to say the current model is particularly poor; the Armada seems a good value amongst large SUVs which can seat seven and still go off-road. But that doesn’t change the decade-old underpinnings.
What models on sale presently are overdue for a do-over?
[Images: Corey Lewis/TTAC, Nissan]
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