The Nissan Patrol Full-size SUV Comes With Improved Aerodynamics

Nissan unveiled a new look for its Patrol full-size SUV on Tuesday. The Patrol is the global model on which the Armada has been based since the two lines were consolidated for the 2017 model year.

The 2020 Patrol dons some sharp new looks that bring the SUV much closer in line with recent Nissan design. The latest V-Motion grille is prominently displayed and the headlights gain more angular LED accent lights. In fact, they look awfully similar to the headlights set to feature on the 2020 Nissan Titan, which is set for a Sept. 26 debut.

For 2020, the Patrol gets a more angular face. Gone are the swooping headlight surrounds and curved lower grille, replaced by straight lines and hard edges. The fog light housings are now recessed inside chiseled grille openings which may also incorporate functional air curtains for improved aerodynamics.

The styling changes in the rear are less drastic, but the taillights have been elongated and lose their rounded edges. The chrome nameplate panel now extends all the way to the taillight housings, and the lower bumper gets a two-piece design with the look of a rear skid plate. The overall shape is far more cohesive, and dare I say, intimidating than before. And before we move on, here’s a fun fact: The 2020 Patrol is the first Nissan to ever include sequential turn signals.

The Patrol’s interior looks more luxurious thanks to touches like available diamond-stitched, quilted leather seats. Nissan also touts that the cabin is quieter than before. The system gets support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too. An expanded driver safety suite includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system. There are now a pair of displays on the center stack with the map display on top and info like the HVAC on the bottom.

The 2020 Patrol comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 making 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts) and 291 pound-feet (394 Newton-meters) of torque. Customers can upgrade to a 5.6-liter V8 offering 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque. The V8-powered model is available with Nissan’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control adaptive suspension system.

 

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