The 2010 Patrol was one of Nissan’s biggest master strokes. While the Safari before it was massively popular, Toyota’s J200 Land Cruiser had moved the game on and away from Nissan by capturing a whopping 80 per cent of the Middle East’s SUV market. With the more comfortable, more luxurious and sophisticated model, Nissan spectacularly regained lost ground, firmly placing the patrol back on the pedestal as Arabia’s favourite SUV. Today, the Patrol dominates the segment in the UAE with 45.2 per cent market share and a 27 per cent share of the GCC market.

To build on this tremendous success story, Nissan has unveiled the new 2020 Nissan Patrol with even more comfort, safety and connectivity features along with a sharper design.

“Patrol is one of our longest-standing and most cherished models with a long and proud heritage,” said Joni Paiva, regional vice-president, AMI region. “The new Nissan Patrol represents the peak of luxury and ultimate capability and will continue to provide authentic experiences to its loyal customers in the Middle East and around the world.”

Nissan claims the Patrol’s already impressive capabilities have been augmented for the 2020 iteration, and that owners can expect even “more comfort, safety and confidence behind the wheel.”

“The story of Nissan Patrol in the Gulf dates to the very first iteration of this legendary four–wheel drive when it first appeared in Kuwait,” says Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East. “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,” he adds.

The main design changes for the new Patrol include a new ‘V-motion’ grille that gives it a bold, more angular face than before, and boomerang-shaped LED headlights. At the back, the new taillights also sport the boomerang shape and are integrated into a large chrome nameplate and sequential turn indicators.

The cabin has also been redesigned and gets new diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with added padding and optional power lumbar support, and hand-stitched steering wheel. Nissan also claims that the cabin will be quieter and that cooling and air flow distribution systems have been updated to provide quicker cooling in the region’s hot weather conditions.

The V6 and V8 powertrains remain unchanged with the 4.0-litre V6 producing 275 horsepower and 394Nm of torque and the 5.6-litre V8 churning out 400 horsepower and 560Nm of torque. The new Nissan Patrol also gets an extensive suite of advanced safety and security technologies including Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system. An All-Mode 4X4 system lets the driver switch modes to handle different on- and off-road conditions while Hydraulic Body Motion Control, available on V8 models will help improve the ride quality.

The new Nissan Patrol will be available at Nissan dealers across the Middle East from today (September 25, 2019) with prices starting at Dh199,900 (inclusive of 5 per cent VAT).