2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L

Nissan Patrol is a big old beast of a thing.

It went in for a facelift, and came out looking a little less frumpy. The look is somewhat polarising. There are some who love it and others who don’t. The look grew on me the more I lived with it.

What updates does the 2020 Nissan Patrol get?

-Refreshed with a stylish new look (particularly the front and rear)

-Added Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety technologies as standard

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

-Already was standard on Ti-L but now also on the Ti

  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention

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Patrol is huge, and square, and like it or loathe it, has enormous road presence. One thing you can’t do is ignore it. It is well over 5m long.

Length – 5175

Width – 1995

Height – 1955

Wheelbase – 3075

Ground clearance – 273

Approach angle – 28°

Departure angle – 26.3°

Seating capacity 8 (Ti), 7 (Ti-L)

Weight – 2750kg

GVM 3500kg

LED lighting at the front looks remarkable, and brings Patrol into the new decade with a bang.

Roof rails, Smart keyless entry, and a power rear door, round up a smart, yet well-equipped exterior.


The cabin feels luxurious.

Remember, Patrol is well over a decade old, and a completely new interior is out of the question. The issue them becomes what can be done without a costly redesign.

In this case, they didn’t need to do more than a few safety updates. Woodgrain and leather abound, and the centre control is a triumph. Sure, it looks a bit old fashioned, but it works well and looks the business.

Atop the centre stack is an 8” colour touch screen. Inputs can also be made by the control centre just below it. It still has a CD/DVD slot which you’ll need to use the rear entertainment system. The system comes with wireless headsets and a remote control. All mum and dad need to do is insert the DVD. But, when was the last time you saw either a DVD or CD?

We didn’t investigate whether or not it works from USBs, but I suspect it won’t. Sound through the upgraded Bose speakers is excellent. It is deep and rich with plenty of adjustment.

Off-road controls are housed between the front seats, and seat heating/cooling, climate controls, and power/USB sockets are positioned within easy reach on the mid-section of the centre stack. The knobs have a classy finish to them which would be a shame to get dirty out bush.

Driver controls are split between the steering wheel, control stalks, and buttons on the instrument binnacle. The latter is naff, so in the bin with it. There is no HUD which is a shame.

Seats have 2 memories for the driver’s powered adjustment, and the centre armrest has a clever lid that can be accessed from the front, or second row seats. It is cooled, with enough room for several cans of drink. Black leather is trimmed in deep red stitching and piping.

2nd row seats tumble forward to access the 3rd row, but there is limited slide for the front, and no slide for the 2nd row. This means the cabin can’t be configured for 5 comfortable adults. This is the biggest difference between Patrol, and its rival, Toyota LandCruiser. With 5 up, Landcruiser allows front and 2nd row seats to slide rearward for more leg room.

A taller driver might find legroom insufficient, and tall front passengers have their knees within a few cms of the dashboard. This would be of concern in an accident.

On the Road:


Patrol has active suspension that adjusts, but the very tall, heavy, SUV gets choppy on rutted tarmac. Dirt roads have a more cloud-like ride. Hill start assist, and descent control, as well as a host of off-road programmes, make Patrol very capable.

You’re assisted by rear cross traffic alert, and a 360° camera which is useful in town. In fact, they make the big Nissan much easier to drive than you might first think.

Your driving position is very high, and you feel like you’re driving a block of flats from the 3rd floor, but the view is commanding and you feel the king of all you survey.

Rob took Patrol on a drive programme on New Zealand’s north island. We’ve includes lots of fabulous footage in the video.

Steering feels a trifle indirect, but the brakes will stand you on your nose. That is no mean feat for a vehicle that big.

Patrol comes only in a V8 petrol, making city use very expensive. We thought it a mistake not to have a diesel option, even if only a turbo-six.

Final thoughts:

Even if you buy a minivan, if you have 7 or 8 people on board, you will not have room for their gear, even for a weekend away.

You probably won’t go off-road which is a shame. Patrol is certainly capable of it. None the less, you would be very comfortable crossing the continent in comfort.

There are enough gadgets to keep most people happy, and the cabin makes you feel just slightly superior.

Price including onroad costs NSW

Patrol TI-L $102,646

Patrol Ti $85,606V8 Petrol –

  • direct injection
  • 298kw@ 5800rpm
  • 560kw@ 4,000rpm

7-speed automatic

14.4L/100k avg claimed (16.3 avg during test)


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  • VK56VD 5.6 litre VVEL V8 petrol engine with 298kW

and 560Nm

  • 7 speed automatic transmission with Manual Mode and

Adaptive Shift Control (ASC)

  • Intelligent 4X4 with electronic 4WD selection
  • Sports bumper
  • Rear Helical Limited Slip Differential
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Off road monitor
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 18″ alloy wheels
  • Heated door mirrors with power adjustment/folding &

integrated indicator lights

  • Audio system with CD/DVD, AM/FM radio, MP3 and USB /

iPod* connectivity with Bluetooth® audio streaming

  • Satellite Navigation with 8″ touch screen display
  • Traffic Monitoring System
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth® handsfree phone system with steering

wheel controls

  • Tri-zone climate control air conditioning
  • 8 seat capacity
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat including height

adjustment and lumbar support

  • 6-way power adjustable front passenger seat
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension (HBMC)
  • Leather accented seat trim†
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Follow Me Home headlight function
  • Intelligent Key™ with remote keyless entry
  • Intelligent Around-View Monitor with Moving

Object Detection

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention





All features of the Ti plus/or:

  • 7 seat capacity
  • Driver’s seat memory with two settings, including side mirrors and steering column position
  • First row centre console cool box
  • 13 premium BOSE® speakers
  • Two second row seat 8″ entertainment screens with headphones and remote control
  • Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM)
  • Puddle illumination light
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof (electric one-touch power tilt & slide) with Privacy Glass
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Tilt and telescopic electronically adjustable steering column

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