What do you do when you want your standard, full-size body-on-frame SUV to look sporty and go fast? Well, many can come up with a few names when it comes to go-fast SUVs. However, I bet that the Nissan patrol won’t be one amongst your guesses. Making its debut far back in the early-1950s, the Patrol was Nissan’s answer to the Toyota Land Cruiser. Both these models still exist and are meant to do pretty much the same thing – go almost anywhere on terrafirma. What neither of these automakers had in mind, back then at least, was to make them sporty. So, guess what the Patrol Nismo is all about?
Many auto enthusiasts already know the Nismo brand name. It is the hardcore performance division of Nissan – just how AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. Nismo makes genuine sporty variants of its regular cars – such as the GT-R Nismo. However, then there are the duds like the Nismo Sentra and Nismo Sunny. Neither of these is proper Nismo versions of their standard counterparts. Then you have the massive Patrol. A Nissan Patrol is meant to tackle harsh landscapes and conquer challenging terrains – well, not the Patrol Nismo. Introduced to the world via the virtual Expo 2020 Dubai event, the new 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo is the successor to the previous one. So, does it go as fast and corner as hard and act as sporty as its Nismo badge suggests? Long story short, no, it doesn’t.
To begin with, customers of the 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo have four colors to choose from. There is White Pearl, Black Solid, and Grey Metallic, and Silver Metallic. Based on the fully-loaded LE Platinum City variant, the Patrol Nismo is already there when it comes to fancy exterior trim. However, since this is a Nismo, you get a few extra (and different) goodies and a body kit. Up front, the massive front fascia features a blacked-out grille (with a Nismo badging) and a deeper center air dam. The large front bumper gets scooped-out vents on either side whilst a Nismo-red front splitter grabs attention. Meanwhile, the side profile of the new Patrol Nismo is dominated by its massive 22-inch alloy wheels and some more red bits on the side steps and the wing mirrors.
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At the back, the 2021 Patrol Nismo gets a larger and sportier-looking roof spoiler plus a deeper, sportier-looking bumper. Of course, there is a splattering of the trademark Nismo-red color along the bottom of the rear bumper. Moreover, there are twin faux exhaust tips that are finished in chrome and, what looks like, Formula-One-style central high-visibility strobe lights. However, it is just the rear fog lamp that has been disguised to look cool and sporty. And I agree, it does look cool and sporty. Just don’t expect it to flash like the unit seen on an actual Formula One car. Overall, though, the 2021 Patrol Nismo comes across as a macho sporty 4×4. Oh, by the way, the interior of this new Patrol Nismo is quite the sight to behold as well.
To make sure that you don’t forget you are inside a Nismo Patrol, Nissan has drowned this cabin in red bits of trim. There is red stitching all over the place along with a central red suede upholstery on the leather seats. There is also red leather on the top of the door pads and ‘Nismo’ embossed into the four headrests (though the center-rear-passenger headrest doesn’t get it). And while the quilted leather seats feel and look great, the fake carbon-fiber trim all over seems like overkill in an SUV that weighs 2.7 tons!
There’s fake carbon fiber on the steering wheel as well, though it does get a cool Nismo-red center marking. Yes, the 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo gets loads of standard features and gadgets. However, that’s not why one would buy this over the standard Patrol LE Platinum City.
So, do you get any performance upgrades in the new Patrol Nismo over the regular one? Well, yes… Kind of. Nissan has given the 2021 Patrol Nismo factory-fitted Bilstein shocks all around. While these are stiffer than the standard suspension found in the regular Patrol, they aren’t really that modern or adaptive. Go around corners quick enough and the Patrol Nismo will lean over like a drunken middle-aged guy at a bachelor party. Yes, it is marginally better at handling bends than a regular Patrol, but this is still a 2.7-ton body-on-frame SUV.
Under the hood, the 5.6-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine has been tuned to make more power – about 28hp more than the standard model. So, now you get 428hp but the same 560Nm of torque, channeled to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox. You would think that the new Patrol Nismo is faster than the regular Patrol – well, not really. The V8-powered Nissan Patrol already does 0-100 kmph in around 6.6 seconds. That’s plenty quick for a 4×4. As for the 2021 Patrol Nismo? Well, it might be quicker by a few milliseconds, but you are not going to feel the difference. Still, the 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo is quite a cool and butch-looking SUV. Oh, it is only sold in the Middle East, with prices starting at AED 385,000 or Rs 77.95 Lakh.
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