The story of Nissan Patrol in the Gulf dates to the very first 1951 iteration of this legendary four–wheel drive when it first appeared in Kuwait. It was the start of a love affair between the desert people of the Arabian Peninsula and the Patrol that exists, to this day. In a region steeped in tradition, yet steered by the future, it was only fitting to host the global launch of the new Patrol in the Middle East.
Nissan today unveiled the new 2020 Nissan Patrol with just the right balance of advanced off road muscle, street sophistication and the latest advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. As they put it, this is one SUV that would be conquer everything from the Liwa Desert to Downtown Dubai.
I had a chance to meet with Ken Lee, Senior Design Director at Nissan’s Global Design Cenytre, and he ran me through some of the signature design changes for the new Patrol including Nissan’s V-motion grille, interpreted in a new way for SUVs. Along with the new boomerang-shaped LED headlights, the redesigned grille highlights the Patrol’s strong, angular front. At the rear, the Patrol’s new taillights also sport the boomerang shape. They are seamlessly integrated along with a large chrome nameplate and sequential rear turn indicators, which have been added for the first time on a Nissan vehicle. Inside, a new center console incorporates dual displays featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This ensures customers are always connected and can make the most of their smartphones. New diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with added padding provide a luxurious feel, as does the new hand-stitched steering wheel. Climate control and powered lumbar support are optionally available for the front seats.
The new Nissan Patrol also stands out for its extensive suite of advanced safety and security technologies. In addition to the Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies already available, the new Patrol comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system.
In terms of oomph, the all-terrain Patrol power is provided by the strongest V6 and V8 engines in the segment. The base 4.0-liter V6 produces 275 horsepower and 394 Nm of torque. The 5.6-liter V8 produces 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. An All-Mode 4X4 system lets the driver switch modes to handle different on- and off-road conditions. Hydraulic Body Motion Control, available on V8 models, ensures a more comfortable ride thanks to improved suspension and vibration reduction.
The new Nissan Patrol will be available at Nissan dealers across the Middle East from September 25, 2019 at a starting price of AED 199,900 (inclusive of 5% VAT). Prices per market will be revealed at their respective launches and will vary from market to market.