Nissan Patrol fans, here's what you've been waiting for.
After a long wait, Nissan has just revealed the latest version of their flagship SUV, the 2020 Patrol, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The new Patrol still belongs to the Y62 generation, but while it may not be technically all-new, the Patrol has been significantly restyled and has been given a long list of upgrades over the Patrol that we've come to know since 2010.
Perhaps the most distinct change is the re-skin itself as Nissan gave the rather curvy Y62 more creases, edges, and overall more boxy appearance. The massive V-motion grille is sharper than before and is flanked by a unique pair of headlamps with a clean DRL pattern and a small protrusion from the fender. The lower bumper is more square-ish too, and form a continuous recess from left to right the houses the fog lamps.
The rear is also significantly updated to follow the same aesthetic of the front: boxier and more creases rather than curves. The LED taillights are more geometric than before, as is the rear skid plate. The bumper also has a cutout for the rear tow hitch; a standard feature on the Y62. The recess for the plate appears to mimic the V-motion grille, albeit inverted. Interestingly, the rear garnish is reminiscent of the one on the Terra, though it spells PATROL.
The side tells the story that this is a restyle and not an all-new body as there are few changes located between the front and the rear. The wheels are different of course, but that's about it. Sources say that about 30% of the Patrol's design is new, and the Nissan design team was led by Ken Lee, whom we met in Nissan Design America.
There are also two distinct types of the 2020 Nissan Patrol according to some UAE based sites. The first is the City (which was described above) that is intended to stand out in urban areas. The other is Off-Road which has a better approach angle at about 34 degrees, though it seems the Off-Road version may be exclusive to the Middle East market.
Nissan also updated the cabin with a new dashboard and new details for enhanced comfort and driving pleasure. On top of the new interior, customers can choose from upholstery options that include Cloth, Leatherette, Leather, and even Quilted Leather, as well as their respective color options.
A major upgrade is in the onboard entertainment system. The 2020 Patrol will finally have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for enhanced connectivity. The new SUV will also get dual 8-inch screens as well as another 7-inch screen.
Powering the 2020 Patrol will be the same 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 400 PS and 560 Nm of torque. There will also be an option for a 4.0-liter V6 engine rated at 275 PS and 394 Nm, though it is unclear which markets will get it. The transmission will be a 7-speed automatic, and four-wheel drive will be standard. Nissan says the Patrol's V8 will have a new Eco mode for reduced consumption.
The strong off-road credentials mean the Patrol will retain its Intelligent 4x4 system with terrain management. It will also come with hill hold and hill descent control. The Patrol will also have an improved Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) system for better on and off-road comfort.
For safety, the Patrol will be equipped with extra features under the Nissan Advanced Safety Shield which on the current model includes Intelligent Blind Spot Warning / Intervention, Intelligent AVM with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Backup Collision Warning / Intervention, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning / Intervention and the Intelligent Rear View Mirror. The 2020 Patrol will also be getting Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Auto High Beam Assist.
Nissan says that the Patrol will be available in 6 colors: White Pearl, Gold Metallic, Gun Metallic, Silver, Dark Blue, and Black. There are no confirmed dates yet for the Patrol's launch in other markets, though GCC (Middle East) are given first dibs, given their affinity for Nissan's great 4x4. What is certain is that it will be more expensive.