Despite the age, the Y62 doesn’t plan to stop. The current generation of the iconic full-size SUV has been around for nearly eleven years and it is still a relevant player on the market. Besides a great design, the reason for that is the recent update, which has brought a completely new styling and other upgrades. Therefore, we don’t expect to see the 2022 Nissan Patrol with too many changes. Still, the latest reports suggest that the Nismo version will come to the Australian market, the version that was available only in the Middle East in the last few years.
The overall design will remain the same and you may count on familiar characteristics in every aspect. This SUV is capable, whether it’s about off-roading or on-road drive. We like its handling as well as pretty engaging handling for a vehicle of this size and weight. As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2022 Nissan Patrol will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Nissan Patrol Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, things definitely won’t change. The next year’s model will continue with the same layout, which was originally introduced back in 2010. Of course, we are talking about the well-known F-Alpha platform, the same one that underprints all Nissan’s BoF models. This particular SUV has most in common with Infiniti QX80 and Nissan Armada, both in terms of aesthetics and mechanics.
Speaking of aesthetics, this generation has been updated two times. The second facelift was major and it happened in 2019. For that update, Nissan prepared a significant update on both ends of the vehicle. Of course, the front end is more prominent and it comes with a completely new face, characterized by a mix of bold and futuristic design elements, whether it’s about grille, headlights or something third.
For the next year, the biggest novelty in some markets will be the introduction of the 2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo. This version already debuted in the Middle East and now we believe it could come to the Australian market as well. Compared to the standard model, the Nismo Patrol comes with several upgrades, starting from upgraded Bilstein shocks and bigger brakes. Also, there are various styling details that accentuate its hi-performance nature, such as 22-inch wheels, new bumpers, front splitter, rear diffuser etc.
Things are a little bit different on the inside. While the models for Middle East markets were updated, the Australian version features the same cabin design from the initial model. In other words, models in Asia feature a new infotainment system, similar to the new Armada, while the Australian version still uses a good-old dual-screen setup. In both cases, the Patrol shows a lot of signs of aging, particularly in terms of aesthetics. On the other hand, the materials and build quality are at a pretty high level.
The Nismo version comes with interior upgrades as well. For example, there are new, sporty red seats, while the dashboard has been upgraded with new materials and color schemes, including carbon fiber. Still, the overall layout isn’t much different.
More importantly, the functionality of this model hasn’t changed for these 11 years of production. We are still talking about a spacious and practical three-row SUV, which accommodates up to eight passengers. Even the third row offers a decent amount of passenger space, while the cargo area has respectable capacity too.
2022 Nissan Patrol Engine
Things under the hood will remain the same for the next year. So, base versions will continue with a well-known 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than respectable power for the segment and driving dynamics are really good. Also, we like the 7-speed automatic transmission, which does a really good job.
The Nismo version, on the other hand, gets a small power boost. Even though it uses the same 5.6-liter V8 engine, the max output goes up to 428 horsepower, while the max torque remains the same. This version also uses a familiar 7-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Nissan Patrol Release Date
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Nissan Patrol will hit the market sometime late in the year.