It’s time for a big update. The new 2020 Nissan Patrol was spotted uncovered and it is just a matter of moment when the full-size SUV will debut. The company is going to refresh their offer to compete with its rivals. Patrol’s US sibling, Nissan Armada, is also quite old. This version of the SUV will go through a facelift and introduce the new styling.
The new Patrol might launch the new generation. It will be the seventh series of the SUV that is on the market for more than 60 years. From what we saw, besides the new look, the vehicle is also becoming bigger. The size of the 2020 Patrol will create more space for passengers. But, Nissan will have to work on its driving habits.
The test vehicle was caught in Asia. But, the Patrol will be available in many countries all around the globe. The SUV appears in the US as well but as Nissan Armada. Also, we can read rumors about Nismo and hybrid versions. We checked all these speculations and put them together with facts we know for the latest review about the 2020 Nissan Patrol.
Facts: Spy Photos Unveil the 2020 Nissan Patrol
A couple of weeks ago we received the spy photos claiming to be the new 2020 Nissan Patrol. The SUV is without covers and we can see the new shape. Well, these images are not showing everything, since the photographer had no time to take more images. Still, this is proof that something big is going on. Facelift of the new Patrol is certain, with new front and rear fascias. The new position of the license plate and a revisited tailgate are other notable modifications we could see on these images.
See more renders of the new Nissan Patrol at carscoops
Monograph Platform Could Borrow Some Design Solutions
Nissan recently previewed the new concept. Infiniti Monograph Concept is the platform for future SUVs. It carries the name of the premium brand, but some features will be used for the standard Nissan SUVs. Of course, the largest one will borrow design solutions to make its appearance more aggressive. Do not expect too much, since this concept is adapted for Infiniti QX80.
Other Versions: Nissan Armada, Patrol Nismo, Patrol Safari
Nissan Armada is the full-size SUV for the US market. The company brought Patrol there in 2016 but under a different name. Now, both SUVs are ready for the redesign. Patrol is more popular since it appears worldwide. Armada is a rebadged and adapted version for the particular market. However, changes in the base model will cause the facelift for the US SUV.
Besides this one, the 2020 Nissan Patrol Nismo might be the star of the lineup. We could already see this version in the past. However, the offer was limited to the Middle East only. Now, more markets will see Patrol Nismo. This is a performance-oriented tuning. The company will use the same V8 petrol engine, but the outputs will go up to 450 hp.
Nissan Patrol Safari and later Super Safari was an SUV for the Japanese market. The company discontinued it because of slow sales. Rumors are mentioning return with the new generation.
Fact: V8 Engine Comes Back, No Hybrid; Rumors: V6, Diesel
The standard drivetrain for the 2020 Nissan Patrol will again be the largest petrol unit the company has to offer. It is a 5.6-liter V8 unit. The new SUV can gain 390 hp and 395 pound-feet of torque. The CVT transmission is its pair. The maximum towing capacity for the new Patrol will remain at 8,500 pounds (3,850 kg).
Well, this could change if engineers decide to spice things up with a diesel engine. The only solution for the full-size model would be the turbocharged V8 available for Nissan Titan XD truck. In this case, the SUV would get less power (330 hp), but far more torque (555 lb-ft). Of course, towing capacity would jump to 11,000 pounds.
Hybrid is not an option for the new 2020 Nissan Patrol. This kind of drivetrain just can’t fit the segment. Buyers are choosing big rigs because of its power and capability, not the price and fuel economy. If the electric motor can help Patrol to get better mileage, that is a bonus. But, these engines are not built for towing, so the rumors could be rubbished.
On the other hand, Nissan could return a V6 engine. The 4.0-liter displacement was removed from the lineup. However, Patrol’s truck siblings continued to use it. This would be a lighter variant and enthusiasts call Nissan for its re-appearance.
2020 Nissan Patrol Rivals
The new 2020 Nissan Patrol will see the competition from the other Japanese manufacturers. Toyota Fortuner is slightly smaller, but it could be called a rival. Also, Mitsubishi Pajero is preparing the new generation for its iconic SUV, which could also head to the US market next season.