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2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo rendered: Toyota Land Cruiser rival scores more aggressive styling

The new Nissan Patrol Nismo is just around the corner, but should it be offered in Australia? (Image credit: Kolesa)

Nissan’s facelifted Patrol has been given the Nismo treatment, at least speculatively.

Published by famed Russian renderer Kolesa, the imagined Patrol wears a number of Nismo parts to form the new 2022 flagship Nissan large SUV.

Much like the previous Nissan Patrol Nismo, the new version is treated to a sporty bodykit with red detailing to contrast its white paintwork.

The 22-inch forged wheels have also made it from the old car to the new version, while the front grille also wears a new mesh pattern akin to the Navara Pro-4X ute.

Though just a speculative render for now, rumours have swirled that Nissan will indeed offer a Nismo version of its update Patrol SUV, due to break cover some time later this year.

The previous Patrol Nismo was tuned with slightly higher outputs from its 5.6-litre petrol V8, punching out 319kW (up from 298kW), so the new version could also receive a boost in power.

Other changes in the old car include Bilstein shocks for a sportier handling characteristic, as well as smoked LED head- and tail-lights, darkened badges, larger exhaust outlets and a subtle bodykit – which are all elements that could easily carryover to the new car.

Sadly, the old Nissan Patrol Nismo was available only in Middle Eastern markets, and the new car will likely remain off the table for Australia.

If the Patrol Nismo were offered here, it would compete directly against the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, which has enjoyed a surge in interest since overseas travel has been made unavailable due to pandemic-related issues.

It is also rumoured that Toyota could come out with a GR version of its new LandCruiser 300 Series due later this year, heating up competition in the go-fast large SUV segment.

Even the Australia might not have access to the Patrol Nismo, the brand's local division has confirmed a special 'Warrior' variant of its large SUV, which will take the existing Patrol and allow local engineering firm Premcar to make a number of off-road-focused enhancements.

Much like the Navara N-Trek Warrior, the Patrol version could gain beefed-up underbody protection, lift kit, all-terrain rubber and an integrated bullbar.