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Nismo isn't finished yet! Toyota Land Cruiser-rivalling Nissan Patrol Nismo high on Australian wishlist

The new Nissan Patrol Nismo is yet to be revealed, but this is what one artist thinks it could look like. (Image credit: Kolesa)

Nissan’s Nismo performance division might have slowed its activities recently, but that doesn’t mean the performance brand is ready to call it quits in Australia.

Having offered three products in the past – Juke, 370Z and GT-R – Nismo’s line-up has been cut to just the latter as new versions of the former two models have, or will, launch shortly.

However, the next model to get the Nismo treatment in Australia might be one that never made it here the first time around, with the facelifted Patrol set for the go-fast treatment later this year.

Speaking to CarsGuide, Nissan Australia boss Stephen Lester said that the brand will work hard to build a business case to justify bringing the new Patrol Nismo to local showrooms amidst a sales surge for the off-roader.

“[We will] absolutely look at it [Patrol] in its new form,” he said. “Middle East is leading that project and obviously they’ve got a very big portfolio there from a Patrol standpoint … so we’d love to be able to leverage it and with the alignment of the new region, hopefully there’s a greater synergy that we can do with that.”

A Patrol Nismo could be exactly what the brand needs to capitalise on the ramp up in interest in its upper large SUV that increased its volume by 44.5 per cent last year compared to its sales result in 2019.

Likewise, the Patrol’s archrival – the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series – also increased its sales last year (+9.2%), with the high interest in the segment partially due to the Coronavirus pandemic putting international travel off the table for most.

Few details have emerged on the new Patrol Nismo, save for some spy footage and a speculative render, but if the new version follows its forbear, expect to see a slight boost in power and a number of cosmetic enhancements.

Powering the standard Patrol is a 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre petrol V8, but Nismo tweaked the engine to deliver 319kW/560Nm in the outgoing version.

Revised suspension and 22-inch wheels are also features of the old Patrol Nismo that could carryover, while a sporty bodykit and plusher interior are also expected.

The Patrol Nismo won’t be the only high-end upper-large SUV Nissan is readying either, as the Australian-market-specific Patrol Warrior is also likely to bust out later this year with help from engineering-firm Premcar.

As for the rest of the Nismo line-up, no word has surfaced on a Nismo version of the new-generation Juke light SUV, while Mr Lester hinted that a decision on an even faster version of the mooted 400Z is still forthcoming.

“Just looking at the portfolio right now, when you look at say something like Z, we’re not going to see anything until we get more clarification on Z Proto and what it looks like for bringing our vehicle to our market,” he said.

However, Mr Lester said Nissan Australia will continue to have its hand up for any future versions of Nismo vehicles, and wants the range to grow even further.

“I think there’s a great home for it here in Australia, and lots of vehicles that would benefit from a sportier infusion that Nismo offers,” he said.

“The play ultimately is what Nismo has in store for us, so obviously with a rich heritage of taking on Nismo product within Australia, then we’re more than welcoming to whatever Nismo takes over and engineers.”