Motorsport-inspired styling and more power never hurt.
One of the world's coolest SUVs has just debuted. Introducing the 2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo, a performance-focused body-on-frame SUV based on the facelifted Patrol that premiered in 2019. In North America, the Patrol is sold as the Nissan Armada but, quite sadly, the new Nismo variant will not reach our shores. Teased a few days ago, the Patrol Nismo premiered virtually at Expo 2020 Dubai and it noticeably looks different than the standard Patrol/Armada.
Exterior modifications include a new front fascia with a honeycomb three-dimensional mesh grille, restyled headlights, and horizontal chrome strips with the Nismo logo. The front bumper also receives a side duct to help achieve zero lift force.
The rear bumper boasts dark chrome inserts and slightly tweaked taillights can be found above it. The LED fog lights are actually inspired by the Nissan F1 car and the new roof spoiler helps ensure better airflow. The familiar Nismo red line wraps around the SUV at its base while 22-inch, two-tone aluminum wheels are standard. Four exterior colors are available: White Pearl, Black Solid, and Grey and Silver metallic.
Engineers gave the suspension some attention by adding Bilstein shock absorbers for sharper handling, something much appreciated for an SUV of this size. Step inside and you'll find an interior that blends luxury with "racing pedigree." There are quilted seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, a racing-inspired steering wheel with red carbon fiber inserts, and headrests embossed with the Nismo logo.
Nissan also managed to make the cabin quieter by reducing frame vibration. Rear seat passengers benefit from air conditioning upgrades.
Under the hood lies the naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8, now tuned to produce 428 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Despite its age (the Patrol's Y62 platform dates back to 2010), Nissan has packed the Nismo variant with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of technologies that includes emergency braking, forward collision warning, and high beam assist. Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and several USB ports are all standard fare.
Pricing will begin at $105,000 in the Middle East though Nissan says this will vary depending on market.