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Why Didn't Nissan Give Us This Lovely New Patrol In The US?

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Meanwhile, the Armada remains virtually unchanged.

Nissan just released the 2020 Armada and much to our disappointment, it's pretty much the same as the outgoing 2019 model. Aside from a new 22-inch wheel package and standard heated mirrors on all trim levels, the 2020 Armada is virtually unchanged from last year. We thought the 2020 model might sport an all-new look based on leaked photos of the Middle Eastern market Patrol, which is essentially the same model as the Armada.

As the spy shots indicated, the new 2020 Patrol did get a significant facelift. Nissan's Middle East division has just revealed the 2020 Patrol and next to the Armada, it looks like the US got short-changed.

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"The Patrol is one of our longest-standing and most cherished models, with a long and proud heritage," said Joni Paiva, regional vice president of Africa, Middle East, and India regions at Nissan. "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."

As you can see, the Patrol's new look is capped off by a revised V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped LED headlights. At the rear, the taillights also sport a boomerang shape and for the first time ever in a Nissan vehicle, include sequential rear turn indicators.

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The exterior is not the only place where the Patrol shines over the Armada. Nissan also gave the Patrol a new center console with a dual touchscreen head unit that looks straight out of an Infiniti. And unlike the aging infotainment system in the Armada, the Patrol now gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Along with the new center stack, the Patrol also gets more luxurious with new diamond-stitch quilted leather seats as well as more sound deadening and a revised airflow distribution system.

Under the hood, Nissan offers a 4.0-liter V6 producing 275 horsepower or the same 5.6-liter V8 found in the Armada producing 400 horsepower. Nissan says the 2020 Patrol will go on sale next month and we are left wondering why the Armada didn't recieve the same updates.

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