The 2020 Nissan Patrol gets new frontal styling – a sportier look for the Ti and a more premium look for the Ti-L, says Nissan – plus refreshed rear styling, along with improved LED headlights and taillights, recalibrated suspension, and three new colour choices (white, gold, and blue) for a total of six.
Both grades now receive power folding mirrors and improved climate-control cooling, while the base-spec Patrol Ti receives a range of Nissan's Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety features.
The Patrol Ti-L receives updated autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert, all with moving object detection, but these features also make an appearance for the first time in the Patrol Ti.
The Patrol Ti also now receives adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with dynamic lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitoring with Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention.
Currently only Toyota's flagship LandCruiser 200 Series Sahara benefits from features such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
Cabin comfort and features
With a 2750kg tare weight, the 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L is a big vehicle with an overall length of 5175mm. Even with three rows of seating (2-3-2) there's plenty of room for adults to stretch out, although the third row is really mainly for kids.
The supportive leather-accented seating features heating and ventilation up front while the driver's seat has eight-way electric adjustment with lumbar support and memory function, the latter also incorporating the electric adjustment (tilt and reach) of the steering wheel.
A couple of push-to-open panels in the centre console reveal front cup holders and some oddment storage, but nothing of a shape and size that neatly accepts a typical smartphone, despite the twin USB ports at the bottom of the centre stack.
That, I guess, is no surprise for a platform that dates back to 2013 in Australia and that has been produced since 2010. In a similar vein, this latest Patrol still has a manual foot-operated park brake and there's no digital radio, nor Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Second-row occupants benefit from 8.0-inch entertainment screens built into the front seat head restraints plus a fold-down centre armrest with cup holders. There are multiple device charging options and air-con controls located on the rear of the centre console bin, which is large and offers a cooling function.
The second row adopts a 60:40 split-fold arrangement for easy access to the third row, which adopts a similar configuration. This makes accommodating various combinations of people and/or luggage easy and there's acres of storage space – 550 litres behind the third row, increasing to 1490 and 3170 with third- and second-row seating folded. The Patrol Ti-L has a maximum payload of 750kg.
Add in the electric sunroof, the 13-speaker BOSE sound system and the opulent cabin trim, and this is no jacked-up rock-hopper you simply hose out come the end of the weekend…
What's the 2020 Nissan Patrol like off-road?
Despite the lavish interior, the 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L has all the essentials required for family off-road exploration, with a dual-range transfer case, electronic locking rear differential and reasonably healthy off-road geometry.
There's a very decent 273mm of ground clearance but the Patrol Ti-L's front lip spoiler does limit its approach angle to 28.0 degrees (34.4 degrees for the Patrol Ti). Both variants have a departure angle of 26.3 degrees and a wading depth of 700mm.
While the underbody sees everything largely tucked out of harm's way, the steel front bash plate isn't the strongest we've seen. There's also a guard under the fuel tank.
All the off-road controls are neatly grouped together on the centre console, with a dial to select between automatic, four-wheel high-range (4H) and four-wheel low-range (4L) gearing. Clustered within and around the dial are pushbuttons for the rear diff lock, hill descent control, traction control and various drive modes: On-road, Sand, Rock, and Snow.
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