The wait for the facelift Nissan Patrol is almost over.
Nissan Philippines has just released a teaser of their flagship SUV, indicating that the local launch will happen very soon. Unfortunately, the automaker did not include a date when that will be. However, we suspect it could arrive sometime before the year ends. Launching the facelift Patrol this December would certainly end the year with a bang for Nissan.
The refreshed Patrol is one of the most highly anticipated luxury SUVs. It has been two years since the model's debut featuring a heavy exterior redesign. Gone are the rounded edges, and in its place are more creases and edges. As a result, the updated Patrol looks boxier and aggressive, especially from the front with the new headlights, bumper, and large V-motion grille.
To match the updated front, Nissan also tweaked the SUV's rear by giving it new taillights, a new bumper, and a rear garnish that's reminiscent of the Terra. Rounding out the exterior changes are the new wheels. Based on the teaser, the updated Patrol will also sport the new Nissan logo.
Aside from the exterior, the interior of the Patrol also underwent a major makeover. Interestingly, the center stack in the teaser website looks different from the Patrol we got to test in the Middle East a few years back. Nissan decided to fit a new infotainment system with a new one resembles that of the facelifted Armada as part of the 2022 model year update.
While most of the dashboard remains the same, the biggest change would be the center console. The touchscreen infotainment system is moved to the top, while the aircon vents are moved to the middle and the controls right below it.
There's no word yet on the powertrain, but the VK56 5.6-liter V8 will likely be carried over from the outgoing model. It is rated at 400 PS and 560 Nm torque and is paired with a 7-speed automatic.
Another feature to expect is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety suite which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, auto high beam assist, and the intelligent rear-view mirror to name a few.
It may have taken a while, but there is a good reason for it. Given the popularity of the Patrol in GCC countries, there is high demand in the region, meaning there is less supply for other markets like ours. At the same time, pushing back the launch would also give local dealers time to move existing stock to make way for the facelifted model.
Are you excited for the refreshed Patrol to arrive? We are. Hopefully, our guess is correct, and Nissan Philippines launches it before 2021 ends.