Well, well, well, look who’s finally caught up with the boomerang trend… Say hello to the new 2020 Nissan Patrol
It’s high-fives and back slaps all around at Nissan Middle East as the self congratulations get underway for the success of the Nissan Patrol – they say the SUV dominates its segment in the UAE with over 45 percent market share. Granted, we hear much the same story whenever Toyota decides to redesign the headlights on the Land Cruiser, and it just keeps going back and forth between these two.
Right now Nissan has managed to gain the upper hand with the glitz surrounding a global launch held in the UAE to reveal the 2020 Nissan Patrol. And it’s more than just new headlights. It’s also the grille.
When it comes to the Land Cruiser and Patrol, development progress tends to be measured in decades, so even a facelift is a pretty big deal. A new grille following Nissan’s ‘V-motion’ styling language is the biggest change up front, with the trendy boomerang-shaped LED headlights also making an appearance as well as a new smoother bumper that looks best restricted to the boulevards. For those that prefer using the SUV off-road the 2020 Nissan Patrol offers a tougher bumper allowing an approach angle of 34.4 degrees and departure angle of 26.3 degrees. At the back there are more boomerang motifs and more chrome, plus another redesigned bumper and sequential turn indicators featuring on a Nissan for the first time.
New wheels round off the exterior updates, with the top-of-the-range Patrol Platinum riding on 20s. Customers can pick from seven colours, including two new additions to the palette, Gold Metallic and White Pearl.
The interior gains a new dash housing two displays with a quoted 250 percent improvement in resolution. The upper display is 8.0-inches and the bottom 7.0-inch display entirely replaces the old audio and air conditioning console. Designers also thought about ergonomics and shuffled the infotainment controls around a little bit and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have now been added. Directly in front of the driver the redesigned instrument cluster features new analogue gauges and yet another 7.0-inch display.
Underneath the fresh look the rest of the 2020 Nissan Patrol is quite familiar. The base 4.0-litre V6 produces 275 horsepower and 394Nm of torque, otherwise you can move up to the 5.6-litre V8 developing 400 horsepower and 560Nm of torque.
Other new-for-2020 features include emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and some fancy quilted leather seats with added padding. Additionally apart from picking from black and beige, you can now have a tan interior with the same leather you find in the Nissan GT-R. Engineers also say that lots of work was done to make the cabin quieter in the 2020 Patrol, and since the Middle East is the model’s biggest market, they say the cooling has been improved with particular attention paid to the second row.
Nissan Middle East says the new 2020 Patrol is already available int he showrooms starting from AED199,900 which includes VAT, although a fully loaded Patrol LE Platinum City will take you all the way to 330 grand.