Before I say anything else, it feels like the Nismo Patrol is a very late reaction to Richard Hammond’s drag race where a Nissan Patrol beat a 918 spyder. So, Nissan has officially revealed the all-new Patrol NISMO in a virtual event held at Expo 2020 Dubai. Carrying forward Nissan’s in-house motorsports Nismo genes, the new Patrol is inspired by the GT-R NISMO and 370Z NISMO.
The flagship Nissan SUV is powered by a re-engineered 5.6 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine returning an improved power output of 428hp and 560Nm of torque.
The new Patrol NISMO now looks more aggressive than the standard model thanks to its beefier body kit and numerous red accents inside and out. It gets a reworked V-shaped grille with a honeycomb mesh design and an aerodynamic front bumper for zero lift force.
The SUV also get C-shaped DRLs and LED headlamps. On the rear end, it gets similar C-shaped LED taillamps and a sculpted bumper with a rear diffuser inspired by falcon wings. Additionally, it gets 22-inch machine-cut alloys, and a Formula-one racecar-like centrally mounted fog lamp and LED stoplight at the front and rear respectively. Nissan has also retuned the suspension setup with Bilstein components resulting in improved cornering abilities.
The black and red treatment continues on the inside as well. The cabin features a blend of Alcantara and fabric upholstery for seats, while the other parts have the dual-tone colour treatment. Its steering is also wrapped in Alcantara.
There is an all-digital instrument cluster and an infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay. Moreover, there is a wireless charging pad, USB A and C ports etc. To differentiate the Nismo trim from the standard model, Nissan has further introduced Alcantara upholstery and carbon fibre accents along with Nismo badging.
On the features front, the Patrol Nismo shares the same dual 8-inch touchscreens offered on the standard variant with HVAC and infotainment controls. The two-screen infotainment setup is complimented by a 13-speaker Bose sound system and comes along with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Talking about safety features, the Japanese carmaker has introduced a bunch of Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technologies. The Patrol Nismo comes with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Smart Rear-View Mirror and High-Beam assist for a better driving experience.
The eight-seater SUV is exclusively available in the Middle East from April 2021 at a starting price of AED 385,000 ($105,000). And nope, we can’t see it coming to Indian shores any time soon. At the moment, Nissan India is busy servicing the huge order list it has received, thanks to its aggressively priced Magnite.