The new Nissan Patrol enters its 70th anniversary with clean lines and big presence. Well, big everything.
You get an eight-seater SUV that is 5.27-meters long, 1.995-meters wide, and 1.995-meters tall. And thanks to a 275-mm ground clearance, you also enjoy a high driving position that allows you to get a clear view of the road ahead—plus you don’t feel threatened when 16-wheeler container trucks or buses are in the lane next to you.
“Built on 70-years of SUV heritage, the Nissan Patrol continues its legacy here in the Philippines. It is now smarter than ever, and leads its class in innovation, luxury, and performance. We are offering the latest in the Patrol legacy here in the Philippines to leaders who recognize its capability, versatility, stylishness, comforts, and innovations,” said Nissan Philippines president and managing director Atsushi Najima.
Indeed, there is something empowering when driving this P4.548 million SUV (available at all Nissan dealerships starting February 2022): With a huge 5.6-liter V8 engine that churns out a maximum 400 hp and 560 Nm of torque, you have all the power you could ever hope for when overtaking cars on the highway or when negotiating steep mountain passes. This gasoline engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that features a manual mode.
And speaking of steep mountain passes, the new Nissan Patrol only comes in a 4×4 variant (with electronic locking differential), which is a total confidence builder should the path ahead turn up really bad. This SUV is also equipped with a new suspension technology called the Hydraulic Body Motion Control. The HBMC employs two hydraulic systems that are connected by cross-link hydraulic pipes to the 4-wheel independent suspension’s hydraulic cylinders. This setup absorbs road bumps and helps reduce body lean when cornering. Unlike other similar systems, this does not need a power source, so there is no trade-off with fuel economy.
When driving off-road, the HBMC also helps in smoothly absorbing the vibrations caused by off-road bumps and holes thanks to the suspension of each wheel that independently rises or drops according to road conditions.
Luxurious interior, safer drive
And because the new Nissan Patrol is built to provide a luxurious ride, driver and passenger comfort has been improved with the use of premium leather for the seats as well as the one that wraps the steering wheel. A new 13-speaker Bose sound system assures premium audio experience plus, there’s a new 7-inch full color Advanced Drive Assist Display, a 12.3-inch infotainment system that offers wireless Apple Carplay, wireless charging. There’s even a cool box in the center arm console to keep your drinks or snacks fresh.
But the biggest upgrades for the new Nissan Patrol are the ones that keep the passengers safe while on the road: Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Braking, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Blindspot Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist. Completing the safety package is the Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control. These driver assistance technologies that fall under the Nissan Intelligent Mobility package, help the driver see more and sense more, and give that person behind the wheel a hand when he or she needs it.
Radically sharper look
The new Nissan Patrol looks radically sharper with a front fascia that is anchored by the automaker’s new V-Motion design language. It also has new LED headlamps that feature C-Shaped Signature LED Daytime Running Lights. This design is also carried at the back as the tail lights are C-Shaped LEDs with sequential turn signal lights. The rear tailgate, bumper, and even the 20-inch alloy wheels also sport new designs.
The new Nissan Patrol will be available in three colors: Brilliant Silver, Black Obsidian, and Pearl White. The Brilliant Silver color variant comes with tan leather interiors, while the other two have black leather interiors.
Indeed, every generation of the Nissan Patrol dials up its luxurious sophistication and intelligent technology. For its performance and features that highlight prestige and class, it has become the vehicle of choice for many tastemakers, visionaries, and titans of industry. For them, owning a Nissan Patrol makes a lot of sense—they have a luxurious and spacious family SUV but at the same time, an off-road explorer that’s ready for whatever lies ahead.
For more information, visit nissan.ph.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.