The update of the largest Nissan SUV was planned for the 2022 season. However, the Japanese carmaker turned the attention to other projects and the redesign is a bit late. Still, the 2023 Nissan Patrol will be worth of waiting. After more than 10 years, fans will see a big dose of changes. Plus, the Patrol Nismo is going to feature a more potent engine configuration. Those two will be enough for most buyers.
The 2023 Nissan Patrol will share the destiny with Armada SUV, coming out in the US. Patrol is pretty popular in Australia, Pacific Asia and the Middle East. The Japanese company might expand the market to Europe and a few other regions. Meanwhile, we are trying to catch the prototypes in countries where the current version is in the sale. Here is what we know so far.
2023 Nissan Patrol Restyling
It is time for a new look. The 2023 Nissan Patrol comes redesigned and the company will buy a few more years before the next facelift happens. Well, a bold and tough exterior look is not such an issue. So, the company is not going to experiment with the patience of its fans and buyers. We expect a big update, but the overall size and shape should stay the same.
The interior needs more work. Patrol is a full-size three-row SUV with plenty of space. Well, it is always good to get more. Still, the vehicle can take up to seven passengers, which makes it suitable for large families. If you don’t need so many seats, then the third and second row could be folded. It maximizes the room for cargo. Of course, there are other addons, such as roof rails. The towing capacity rate of the upcoming 2023 Patrol will be around 4,000 kg (8,800 pounds).
V8 Engine and Other Options
Under the hood of the 2023 Nissan Patrol we might see some changes. The company is thinking about a lighter drivetrain to replace an existing V8. A 5.6-liter eight-pot unit is very big and thirsty. Still, it is going to be hard to replace 400 horsepower this engine is making. Nevertheless, a twin-turbo V6 could do the job. The new Nissan 400z sports car is about to use such a configuration, and the big SUV might use it as well. The company will try to make the engines more efficient, although fans of the Patrol SUV are not going to like it a lot.
Also, a kind of a hybrid drivetrain is possible. Well, you can find rumors about the entire lineup of Nissan vehicles getting those types of drivetrains. On the other hand, we lack official confirmations on most of them. So, let’s say that the SUV is going to stick to the existing lineup for now. Besides the petrol engine, Patrol is also using a diesel configuration, centered around a 3.0-liter powerplant. It delivers 250 hp and 400 lb-ft of twist.
2023 Nissan Patrol Nismo
Nismo is the top option by the Japanese carmaker. There are not too many vehicles using this special package that boosts both appearance and performance. The same V8 engine is being enhanced to deliver 430 hp. That is 30 ponies more than the base setup. In the future, a 5.0-liter turbodiesel might be under the bonnet of the performance-oriented SUV. Bilstein shocks will try to handle so much power and weight, but don’t expect great agility from the full-size SUV.
The exterior is getting special treatment. The 2023 Nissan Patrol Nismo is more aggressive SUV with an eye-catching effect. Unique grille and higher ground clearance promise a lot of interest. Inside the cockpit, everything is premium. The Nismo package is loaded with high-end options, such as Bose audio, Alcantara leather, and HUD.
Designers are finishing the job that had to be done already. There won’t be further delays and the 2023 Nissan Patrol will show up in time. We believe that company plans to launch the new SUV in mid-2022. At the same time, US fans should see the fresh Armada in dealerships.