In 2014 I put together a list of ten cool cars that we can’t have in the U.S., which included vehicles that are mostly restricted to the European and Australian markets. With Nissan having just launched the Patrol Nismo, it’s time to update that list as this SUV isn’t coming to North America.

Developed specifically for the Middle East, the the Patrol Nismo was unveiled in Dubai, where Nissan just launched its high-performance sub-brand. Though it may sound hard to believe, the SUV is exactly what its name says: a beefed-up Patrol created by the same people that are responsible for the awesome GT-R Nismo and Juke-R. Sure, it may not be powered by the almighty twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 found in the AWD supercar, but it has plenty of power to brag about, as well as a long list of Nismo add-ons inside and out.

Unfortunately, the Patrol Nismo is being offered exclusively in the United Arab Emirates for the time being and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. And it’s all bad news for the U.S. too, as the Patrol isn’t available in North America and bringing the Nismo-badged version here doesn’t make any sense for the Japanese. But despite its limited availability, the Patrol Nismo is an SUV worth looking into, and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Patrol Nismo.

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It only takes a quick peek to notice that the Patrol Nismo is a full-fledged Nismo product. Even though the SUV is pretty much identical to its standard siblings from the waist up, the redesigned bumpers, the new side skirts, and the red accents set it apart from the regular Patrol. Up front, the hauler received a bumper that’s heavily based on the 370Z Nismo’s. The piece features a massive intake that’s nearly as wide as the main grille, vertical gills toward the edges, as well as horizontal LED daytime running lights. The splitter and the red accents round out the SUV’s sporty appearance.

the SUV comes with a "Nismo" badge on its tailgate, as well as a black-painted roof spoiler

Around back, Nissan ditched the standard apron for one that’s again inspired by the 370Z’s. There are small intakes toward the fenders, a diffuser-like element, red accents, and a twin-exhaust pipe configuration. Naturally, the SUV also comes with a "Nismo" badge on its tailgate, as well as a black-painted roof spoiler.

Other enhancements include new side skirts with red accents, red-painted grilles for the front fenders, black door handles, and black side mirrors with red stripes. Nissan also added a set of 22-inch Rays alloy wheels and lowered the suspension for a more aggressive stance. Nissan says that the "Zero-Lift aerodynamic body kit" is a segment-first, which isn’t far from the truth given that race-inspired, full-size SUVs are quite the rare breed. Sure, this package doesn’t turn the Patrol into a race car. This thing weight about 6,000 pounds and hooning it on a race track isn’t the best idea. Nevertheless, it looks sporty enough to become a successful niche product around the world.


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Much like most Nismo-badged products on the market today, the Patrol Nismo also got a bespoke interior to help it stand out from the pack. There’s no word as to whether the SUV will be available in more than just one upholstery color, but the model shown here features two-tone, black-and-white leather on its seats and door panels, as well as a white leather "frame" for the center stack. To round out the monochromatic layout, Nissan also used black wood inserts on the dashboard, door panels, and center console.

Although the steering wheel is standard Patrol business except for the 12-o’clock red stripe and the red stitching, the regular instrument cluster has been replaced by a Nismo-specific unit with a red rev counter. The two-tone seats also feature red accents in the form of side piping and stitching on the upper section and the headrests.


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Patrol Nismo also comes with improved handling and ride comfort thanks to an improved suspension system

Motivating the Patrol Nismo is the same 5.6-liter V-8 found in the standard Patrol, as well as in the U.S.-spec QX80. However, before dropping it into the Patrol Nismo, Nissan took the V-8 to its four Takumi, the same craftsmen who hand-build every GT-R engine at the company’s Yokohama plant. There, the engine was retuned to deliver 428 horses, a 28-horsepower improvement over the standard unit. Nissan didn’t release torque figures, but the revised engine should put out more than the standard 413 pound-feet.

Besides being more powerful, the Patrol Nismo also comes with improved handling and ride comfort thanks to an improved suspension system; the SUV now uses Bilstein shock absorbers. A sport-tuned power steering and customized body reinforcements are supposed to improve handling and steering response.


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The Patrol Nismo is equipped with the same safety features as the regular SUV, meaning it comes with six airbags and a range of safety systems. These include Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Brake Assist, Distance Control Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Tire Pressure Monitor System with Tire Inflation Indicator, and Active Head Restraints. Like many off-roaders, the Patrol also features Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Finally, a crash-sensitive door unlock system unlocks the doors in the event of a collision.


Pricing for the Patrol Nismo is not yet available, but it should cost significantly more than the standard model. With the regular SUV priced from 185,500 UAE dirhams (about $50,500), the Nismo-badged hauler should fetch at least 225,000 dirhams (around $61,250).


Toyota Land Cruiser

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Although it’s not available in a performance-oriented trim (unlike the Tundra pickup truck), the Land Cruiser is the Patrol’s biggest rival in the United Arab Emirates. Available with a choice of three engines, the Land Cruiser can be optioned with a 5.7-liter V-8 generating 362 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it’s no match for the Patrol Nismo’s 428 horsepower rating, the Land Cruiser has just enough oomph to power through difficult terrain with ease. Unlike the Patrol, the Land Cruiser is offered in the U.S., where it can be had with a 381-horsepower V-8. Pricing for the Land Cruiser starts from 186,000 UAE dirhams in Dubai, which converts to around $50,650.

Find out more about the Toyota Land Cruiser here.

Cadillac Escalade

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Those looking for more power can find it in the Escalade. Arguably one of the most luxurious full-size SUVs on the market today, the Escalade comes with big 6.2-liter V-8 and 420 horsepower under the hood. Granted, it’s suspension and aero setup aren’t as sporty as the Patrol Nismo’s, but the Caddy comes with an impressive list of luxury amenities and GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension for the utmost comfort. Priced from 302,000 dirhams (about $82,220) in the United Arab Emirates, the Escalade is far from affordable, even when compared with the Patrol Nismo.

Read more about the Cadillac Escalade here.


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With only 28 extra horsepower at its disposal and a curb weight of around 6,000 pounds, the Patrol Nismo is far from spectacular in terms of performance. However, I have to give Nissan credit for thinking out of the box and creating an SUV that’s quite unique in the full-size segment. The body kit helps the Patrol Nismo stand out no matter the crowd. Sure, the aggressive bumper doesn’t look as sexy as on the 370Z Nismo, but it gives the Patrol the stance most full-size SUVs lack.

The standard Patrol doesn’t have many flaws. It’s well equipped, it has a refined V-8 engine, massive cargo capacity, and excellent off-road capabilities. The Nismo package just makes it that much better. As far as I’m concerned, the Patrol Nismo’s only drawback is that it’s only available in the United Arab Emirates for the time being. Why, Nissan, why?

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Press Release

Nissan’s world famous motorsport and road car performance brand, NISMO, made its Middle East debut at a spectacular launch event in Dubai, heralding the next step in ’Innovation that Excites’ for driving enthusiasts across the region.

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In addition to launching the performance marque, Nissan also confirmed the world premiere launch of the Patrol NISMO. Recognizing that off-roading and motorsports are the life-blood of local driving enthusiasts, Nissan believes the time is right to introduce the Patrol NISMO in the Middle East.

"NISMO is the ultimate essence of Nissan’s promise to deliver ’Innovation that Excites’," said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. "We could not have launched NISMO in the region without including our most iconic model, the Nissan Patrol, in the range of NISMO vehicles. Bringing the high performance brand to the Middle East and launching the Patrol NISMO as a world premiere model is proof of our commitment to making thrilling driving experiences accessible to all our customers."

As part of its performance road car line-up, Nissan showcased three NISMO models – the 370Z NISMO, the GT-R NISMO, and the Patrol NISMO.

With the region’s strong heritage in high performance vehicles and Nissan’s success in earning a reputation as a trusted motorsport brand, the Japanese auto-maker believes NISMO will resonate strongly in the Middle East market

"Since we came to the region, Nissan has been building a strong and mature automotive brand, well known for exceptional quality, performance, innovation and reliability. Combined with our long history of success in motorsports and off-roading, we believe that the Nissan brand is in a unique position to offer the ultimate, thrilling experience with our all-new NISMO line-up," continued Cherfan.

While NISMO is already established and well-known in the world of motorsport, it is now being expanded to other markets as Nissan’s exclusive performance road car brand.

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Firmly rooted in the spirit of pioneering Japanese maverick engineers, where innovative solutions are applied in bold and smart ways to challenge the norm, NISMO cars provide exciting driving experiences with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.

According to Samir Cherfan, NISMO is an important part of Nissan’s long term product plan. "We view the addition of NISMO as a key element of our business expansion strategy based on our successful motorsports heritage in the region. The NISMO brand is a highly valuable, credible and desirable addition to our range and we are honored to bring the brand to the Middle East."

All three of the showcased NISMO models are designed with the NISMO DNA at its core, with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility. Some of NISMO’s signature design marks include body kit with red striping and red highlights on door mirrors, making head-turning NISMO versions immediately recognizable.

Nissan believes the thrill of driving a NISMO model comes from the complete package – its premium design, enhanced steering and suspension resulting in an exceptional improvement in performance.

NISMO models feature advanced technologies developed and pressure-tested within the demanding motorsport arena. Compared to their respective standard versions, NISMO vehicles add aerodynamic design born in motorsport, superb handling, improved acceleration and sporty driving dynamics for an exciting drive.

NISMO was founded in September 1984 as a specialty company to support all motorsports activities of Nissan Motor Company (Nissan). Nismo is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of innovation and excitement.

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Patrol NISMO

  • Race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary SUV-Patrol
  • 428 HP for exhilarating performance
  • Torque improvement over 70% rev-range
  • NISMO® 22" RAYS® forged-alloy wheels
  • NISMO® tuned suspension using ’Bilstein’ shock absorbers for improved handling and ride comfort
  • Takumi tuned Engine
  • Customized body reinforcements for precision steering & quick response
  • Segment first Zero-Lift aerodynamic body kit
  • NISMO® signature designed body kit
  • NISMO® Sport tuned Power Steering
  • NISMO® Bespoke designed interiors
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