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Nissan Patrol 2020 confirmed for Australia: AEB, smartphone mirroring now included

The Patrol’s exterior has been updated to include Nissan’s “V-motion” grille design.

Nissan Australia has confirmed that its subtly updated Patrol SUV will hit local showrooms “before Christmas this year”.

The new Patrol was revealed overnight in Abu Dhabi, distinguished by its “V-motion” grille and boomerang-shaped LED headlight signature.

Crucially, the update brings autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning as standard, and the multimedia system now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Exact mechanical changes are as yet unclear, however, Nissan says it has made significant improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), and has improved air flow systems for faster cooling.

At the rear, redesigned tail-lights are featured alongside a large chrome trim piece and sequential indicators – which have been included for the first time on a Nissan.

The Nissan Patrol update includes the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Nissan Patrol update includes the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

On the inside, a new centre console hosts a dual-display multimedia system with sat-nav and smartphone mirroring.

A hand-stitched leather steering wheel complements diamond-stitch leather seats, with climate control and powered lumbar support optionally available for the front seats.

Pricing and specifications have yet to be announced for the Australian market, although Nissan will likely offer two trim levels as per the outgoing range.

For reference, the current Nissan Patrol is priced at $71,990 plus on-road costs for the base Ti, and up to $88,990 for the Ti-L.

The vehicle is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 that delivers 298kW/560Nm, and is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a low-range transfer case.

Nissan Australia has sold 1356 Patrol units so far this year, while the Toyota Landcruiser – the Patrol’s primary rival – has found 9621 new homes.