Nissan introduced the most recent facelift of the Patrol back in September 2019, but it’s only now the hotter Nismo version is being revealed in the updated guise. The body-on-frame SUV known stateside as the Armada looks decisively more aggressive than the normal version thanks to its beefier body kit and numerous red accents inside and out.
The high-performance Patrol rides on massive 22-inch wheels and adopts a neat LED fog light akin to Formula 1 cars, flanked by a rear diffuser and a pair of large exhaust tips. To further distance it from the standard version, Nissan has changed the front grille by giving it a honeycomb pattern, adorned by the Nismo badge to further drive the point home.
At the heart of the Patrol Nismo is the same naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8 with 428 horsepower and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-meters) of torque as before, linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission. That makes it 28 hp more powerful than the standard V8 Patrol while having the same amount of torque. Nismo has fiddled with the suspension by giving it a Bilstein setup for sharper cornering, as sharp as it can be on such a mastodont.
Stepping inside the cabin, Nissan’s facelift for the Nismo-tuned Patrol brings the same two-screen setup introduced on the regular model. There’s no beating around the bush – the SUV is showing its age on the inside, despite the update. After all, the sixth generation (Y62) was launched approximately 11 years ago, so an all-new model can’t come soon enough.
Nissan has spruced up the cabin with a red and black theme, carbon fiber accents, and Alcantara upholstery, but you can easily tell the Nismo Patrol is not the most modern SUV out there. It does boast a 13-speaker Bose sound system and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, along with a lot of safety systems.
The eight-seater SUV is already available in the Middle East where it’s positioned above the regular 275-hp V6 and 400-hp V8 Patrol models.