Nissan’s 2020 Patrol arrives in Australia with a new look, improved ride, safety, and tech.

NISSAN AUSTRALIA HAS confirmed pricing and availability for the new-look Patrol which goes on sale in Australia today.

The huge four-wheel-drive which competes directly against the Toyota Landcruiser has undergone a significant late-life upgrade, bringing a much more chiselled look front and back, new tech and a suspension tune.

For 2020 the Patrol will adapt new 52-LED headlamps and LED fog lamps upfront for improved vision at night, while the rear LED taillights are much brighter. Other changes include a new bonnet, fender panels, grille, bumper, and rear tailgate design with more chrome. Minor changes are a new 18-inch alloy wheel design and the side mirrors are now power-folding with auto-fold function.

However, the base Ti and top Ti-L are visually differentiated from one another, Nissan suggesting that “the Nissan Patrol Ti has a unique sporty front-end design, while the Patrol Ti-L front bumper showcases a more premium look.”

2020 Nissan Patrol Ti Australia

Both models are packed with Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety systems, which include AEB, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic blind spot sway keeping (handy for some in such a large car).

The base Ti now has an anti-dazzle rearview mirror while the Ti-L continues with its hybrid mirror, using both a live-view rear camera and mirror for viewing what’s behind the vehicle and checking the kids aren’t destroying the cabin. The air-conditioning should be better too, with improved airflow, particularly for rear-seat passengers including the third row.

It is unclear if Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is available on overseas models, will be in the Australian Nissan Patrol. Practical Motoring has reached out to Nissan for clarification.

UPDATE: For now, there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in local 2020 Patrol models.

Along with better technology, the suspension has been improved with the damper pistons adjusted to provide better on-road comfort.

Under the bonnet the same 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine continues to be the only choice, producing 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels.

Four-wheel drive credentials come in the way of an electronic rear diff lock, hill descent control, hill start assist and off-road monitor.

Pricing for the Patrol in Australia is $75,990 for Ti and $91,990 for Ti-L, an increase of $3110 and $2110 respectively.

Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester is excited to see the new Patrol boost sales further.

“The new-look Nissan Patrol is a head-turner with its refreshed design already driving buyer enquiries,” he said.

“We are excited to have the new Nissan Patrol on sale, it has made significant gains in its segment owing to its comfort, design, towing and driveability both on and off-road.  Everyone who drives this spacious large SUV enjoys it.

“We have seen a marked improvement in Patrol sales through our strong dealer sales performance, and we expect to see Patrol sales continue to rise”

The new 2020 Nissan Patrol is on sale now.

2020 Nissan Patrol price (plus on-road costs):

Nissan Patrol Ti – $75,990

Nissan Patrol Ti-L – $91,990

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