We spent time with the updated Nissan Patrol last year and it left us wanting more. Not more in terms of substance but we wanted more time behind the wheel. Nissan has however introduced a slightly more substantial Patrol, one that is aimed at performance. Was this a good move or just a gimmick? Here are the details.
Earlier this week Nissan revealed the 2021 Nissan Patrol NISMO to the world. NISMO is Nissans performance brand, much like AMG is to Mercedes-Benz and M to BMW. Nissan claims that the new race-inspired version of the legendary Patrol combines striking exteriors with the refinement of a luxury car and the exhilarating performance of a sports car.
While its exterior has been refined to allow for optimized aerodynamics and suspension, as well as achieving zero lift force, it also features enhanced handling capabilities and stylish race-inspired ergonomic upgrades, along with the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) features.
The dynamic design plays a pivotal role in highlighting the character of the Patrol NISMO – exuding aggression and sportiness with an imposing presence. It features a new front fascia, with a honeycomb three-dimensional mesh that emphasizes the SUV’s front VMotion grille, along with new front lamps and horizontal chrome lines embellished with the NISMO emblem. The rear bumper is more symmetrical in design to accentuate the car width, with dark chrome inserts and new tail lamps. It also includes LED rear fog lights inspired by the Nissan Formula 1 car, which emits the same brightness as the car’s brake lights in adverse conditions.
The signature NISMO red line wrap covers the circumference at the model’s base, the contour adding a boost to its definition, while the 22-inch, two-tone 2 tone aluminium wheels sport the NISMO logo to add a distinctive aesthetic. The SUV’s tuned suspension features Bilstein shock absorbers, which provide a sportier and improved handling.
While the exterior of the Patrol NISMO boasts confidence, the interiors exude pure luxury and NISMO’s racing pedigree in equal measure. Spacious front seats help drivers become one with their car, while the premium quality and crafted quilting continues the NISMO’s narrative in bringing performance and luxury to its owners. Alcantara fabric with side leather, the upholstery of choice for racing cars, is one of the latest design modifications.
The 2021 Nissan Patrol NISMO has also been upgraded with latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technologies to provide drivers with peace of mind while driving. The latest additions include Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Smart Rear View Mirror and a High Beam Assist. Technology upgrades to the Patrol NISMO also include Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless charging capability and USB ports including USB-A and USB-C.
Powering the Patrol NISMO is Nissan’s 5.6-litre V8 engine. It does without turbocharging and produces 319kW and 560Nm, up from 294kW in the standard model.
Unfortunately, Nissan says that the Patrol NISMO will only be available for customers in the Middle East. This is probably because petrol is a bit cheaper there.