The 2020 Nissan Patrol

The king of all terrain debuts with refreshed look and many luxurious amenities

Nissan has an extensive SUV lineup that includes the Kicks, Juke, Qashqai, Murano, Pathfinder, and Patrol, among others. Some of these models have been tuned by the Japanese company’s Nismo division.

However, in the Middle East, the Patrol is like no other SUV in Nissan’s portfolio. It dominates the SUV-crossover segment in the GCC countries, and the 2020 Nissan Patrol is an example of a continuing success story that goes back to the early 1950s.

Over six generations spanning almost seven decades, the Nissan SUV has carved out a name for itself as an icon of ruggedness and ferocious off-road capabilities. The current generation, Nissan Patrol Y62 Series, was exclusively launched in Abu Dhabi in 2010. Last updated in 2017, the Patrol has undergone a stylish facelift this year, aimed to make it stand toe to toe with the world’s most technologically advanced off-roaders.

The new Nissan Patrol remains a family-friendly SUV, the addition of more high-tech features and luxurious touches mean occupants will feel safer and more comfortable than ever

Nissan Patrol 2020 Qatar

At heart, the 2020 model year remains a family-friendly SUV by gaining more high-tech features and luxurious touches to make its occupants feel even safer and more comfortable. Under the hood, the facelifted Nissan Patrol comes with a 275-hp, 4.0-liter V6 engine as standard, in addition a more powerful 5.6-liter, V8 engine making 400 hp is available.

We were given the opportunity to explore the full potential of the new Nissan Patrol on Doha’s paved roads as well as its off-road terrain. The Nissan SUV handled with remarkable agility even on corners, despite its weight of more than 2.6-tons! It was an exciting ride, tackling every type of terrain behind the wheel of this body-on-frame behemoth; it conquered everywhere it went!

Nissan Patrol Interior 2020

Sharp exterior makeover

Visually, the 2020 Nissan Patrol is unmistakably a Patrol, albeit one that has undergone a complete makeover inside and out. The new boxy-shaped SUV sets itself apart from the outgoing iteration with new front and rear fascias—the revisions are pretty significant. Not only more aggressive by design, but the restyled SUV also looks more sophisticated and modern.

A closer look reveals a handful of styling changes including a new signature V-motion grille, brand-new boomerang-shaped LED headlights, large intakes on the front bumper, modern LED taillights that are integrated into a large chrome nameplate—featuring sequential turn indicators for the first time, and machine-cut alloy wheels ranging from 18 inches to 20 inches.

Speaking of dimensions, the new Nissan Patrol is 5165 mm long, 1995 mm wide, and 1940 mm tall, with a generous wheelbase of 3075 mm.

Not only more aggressive by design, the restyled SUV also looks more sophisticated and modern

Modern interior with premium touches

Inside, the 2020 Nissan Patrol is a radical departure from its predecessor as it sports a high-tech dashboard featuring dual displays on the new center console that are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upper, high-resolution 8-inch screen features a multitouch gesture function, while the lower 7-inch screen controls the settings, music, and phonebook.

Other interior highlights include new diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with added padding, a hand-stitched steering wheel, a built-in cooler box with a double-hinged design, tri-zone climate control, and reworked cooling and airflow distribution systems to improve cabin cooling, to name but a few.

Thanks to the large exterior dimensions, the Nissan Patrol 4×4 offers unrivaled interior space and can accommodate up to seven adults in its three rows. Simply put, the large off-road SUV delivers seat dimensions that outclass all rivals, and the third-row seats can automatically be raised or folded flat.

If you are an audiophile, opt for the Bose premium audio system with 13 speakers that are perfectly placed around the Nissan Patrol’s interior, offering an enhanced audio experience for all passengers.

The interior sports a high-tech dashboard featuring dual displays on the new center console that are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Featuring Nissan's Intelligent Mobility system the 2020 Patrol gains an assortment of driver-assistance systems, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. A tire pressure-monitoring system, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system, locking rear differential, intelligent rear-view mirror, adaptive cruise control, around view monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and active head restraints are also featured.

Same V6 and V8 engines

Under the hood, the 2020 Nissan Patrol engines remain unchanged. The standard 4.0-liter, V6 engine delivers 275 hp and 394 Nm—12% more torque than the competition. If performance is your main concern, you can opt for the 5.6-liter, V8 engine. The powerful engine produces 400 hp, and 560 Nm of torque. With advanced technologies such as the Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) and Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL), this engine can deliver substantial bursts of power without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

Both engine units are hooked to a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the four wheels.

As for the suspension, it has been retuned to improve both handling and ride comfort. The V8-powered models are now utilizing Nissan's Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) adaptive suspension system. With this four-wheel independent suspension, the 2020 model year boasts improved handling and superb stability.

The new Nissan Patrol 4×4 also features driver-selectable Sand, On-Road, Rock, and Snow driving modes to optimize suspension and traction response, and consequently handle various on- and off-road conditions.

The new 4×4 features driver-selectable Sand, On-Road, Rock, and Snow driving modes to optimize suspension and traction response

Our verdict

Thanks to its sharp front end, a reworked, more luxurious interior that is quieter than before, and two powerful V6 and V8 powertrains, the 2020 Patrol promises to be a serious contender in the full-size SUV segment and is bound to continue to build on its success.

Though it’s a mid-generation refresh, the new and sophisticated look Nissan has given to its aging Patrol keeps the model fresh and ensures its continuing success. The large SUV has been around for almost a decade, so a makeover was imperative. With the arrival of the 2020 Patrol, the competition will finally start to heat up again!

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