It was in December 2019 when we first saw the facelifted Nissan Patrol at the launch event in the United Arab Emirates. After an extended delay, it is finally arriving in the Philippines for customers after Nissan Philippines released a teaser of the model on social media.
The vehicle is an evolution of the Y62 that has been around since 2010, followed by an initial facelift in 2014. This one is the second facelift, and significant changes were made to the exterior (front and back) as well as with the interior.
Even though the powertrain is still a 5.6-liter V8 petrol (no diesel option) that has 400 horsepower mated to a 7-speed automatic, Nissan put in a lot of upgrades with the equipment. Being that this is the flagship of the Nissan SUV lineup, expect a long list of luxury features, more amenities for comfort, enhancements to the proven (and legendary) off-road capability, as well as the full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features like the 360 camera system known as AVM and more.
Now that the cat is out of the proverbial bag, the next questions that customers will be asking will revolve around variants, color options, and ultimately the price. Today we can answer those questions (thanks to a well-placed contact) even though Nissan Philippines hasn't released any official specifications.
For starters, Nissan will still call it Patrol Royale for our market. There appears to only be one variant of Patrol Royale that will be offered, meaning the features list will likely be the same for all models. There will be no low, mid, or high grades; just one. We're not sure what the designation for that one variant is, but the outgoing model is the LE so it's possible that Nissan will retain that nomenclature instead of opting for a VL like they do in the Terra.
Nissan will also offer three different exterior body colors for the Patrol Royale: black (presumably Black Obsidian), silver, and Pearl White. As is the typical strategy of carmakers, the Pearl White will cost an extra PHP 15,000. They will not offer the gold color of the Patrol that we drove in the Middle East in 2019.
As with the current Patrol Royale, the new model will also get two interior upholstery options: tan leather or black leather. It's not a mix and match kind of thing. If you order a Patrol Royale in black or white, the interior will be black. If you get the Patrol Royale in silver, the interior will be tan.
Now for the price: the current SRP (as of today) is PHP 4,548,000 for the black and silver models, while the white will be PHP 4,563,000. That means the new 2022 model is PHP 550,000 more than the pre-facelift Patrol Royale which was priced at PHP 3,988,000 to 4,003,000.
The price may or may not change, but by our understanding that is the SRP already for the model. Nissan will also be offering the new Patrol Royale with the longer 5-year warranty. The only real issues now will be the delays caused by external factors (e.g. parts shortage, global demand, etc.). Expect the first units for customers to arrive next year.