The refreshed Nissan Patrol has been on the market internationally for a few years now. The SUV originally debuted back in September 2019. But only now did the Japanese automaker reveal the new NISMO version. Before you say it’s just a dressed-up Patrol with red accents, Nissan’s in-house tuning division made upgrades beyond the usual styling makeover.

Still, it’s hard not to talk about the new design, and it looks good. The Patrol NISMO features a revised front end with a new grille with a honeycomb pattern. The new bumper features L-shaped vents on the corners and a large center intake below. Apart from the chrome strips on the grille, the accents are finished in black, giving the SUV a mean look.

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Rather than chunky off-road tires, the high-performance SUV rides on 22-inch wheels. At the rear, a new bumper with an integrated center brake light inspired by Formula 1 cars has been fitted. This being the NISMO variant, it is fitted with a twin-tip exhaust, a spoiler, and NISMO badges. Nissan says all the exterior upgrades are for better “aerodynamics” and are all “functional”.

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Under the hood of the Patrol NISMO sits the same naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8 engine. However, the craftsmen who also build the GT-Rs engine tuned it to produce 428 HP and 560 Nm torque. Interestingly, the new 22-inch wheels are also lighter than before. As a result, it saves around 4.5kg of unsprung weight. NISMO also fiddled with the suspension by adding a Bilstein setup for sharper cornering.

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Like the other NISMO models, the cabin has been upgraded. The seats are sportier and the interior spiced up with a black-red theme. There’s also a NISMO cluster and carbon fiber bits all around. The layout, however, is simply lifted from the refreshed Patrol. Per the usual, Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of safety systems come standard.

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The 2021 Nissan Patrol NISMO will be available in the Middle East starting April 2021. Prices begins at AED 385,000, or roughly PHP 5.1 million. It's a lot of money for an SUV, that's for sure. But hey, it’s built by NISMO, and we want it.