It might not be the epitome of frugal four-wheel driving, but Nissan shows its V8 Patrol has other talents.

Scenes from the video of Nissan’s newly updated Patrol would never pass ad standards in Australia, but that’s likely not a problem in the Middle East where it was filmed.

Breaking out into drift around a car park, the four-minute-long video is the best look yet at Nissan’s most comprehensive facelift to the Y62 Patrol since it launched in 2013. Its last update (and a much milder one at that) was in 2017.

Bolder and less bulbous than what we see now, Nissan is pushing its petrol-only Patrol as a luxury four-wheel drive for those who don’t mind busting across sand dunes on occasion too.

The 2020 model update will launch in the Middle East – Patrol’s biggest market – later this month and is tipped to touch down in Australia late-2019.

It will carry over the same 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine as before, while the Middle East will continue that engine and the smaller 4.0-litre V6 petrol.

Updates beyond appearance include better active safety assist systems and, as we can see from this video, we can see that there are two new touchscreens – one now coming with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity.

It is expected Nissan Australia will make an official announcement on pricing, specification, and availability later this year.


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