Nissan has whipped the covers off an updated version of its Patrol, handing the flagship SUV a bold new face and “enhanced luxury features”.

Up front, you’ll immediately notice the new interpretation of the Japanese firm’s so-called “V-motion” grille, positioned between redesigned boomerang-shaped LED headlamps.

Round back, the latest version of the sixth-generation Patrol gains new taillights also featuring a boomerang-type signature, along with sequential indicators (a first for Nissan) and a large chrome nameplate.

Inside, you’ll find a new centre console incorporating a dual-display infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Also new are the diamond-stitched quilted leather seats (with “added padding”) and the new hand-stitched steering wheel. Nissan says climate control and powered lumbar adjustment are furthermore optionally available for the front pews.

Nissan claims “significant reductions” in noise and vibration have resulted in a “quieter, more pleasant cabin”, while also saying improved cooling and air-flow distribution systems now lead to quicker cooling.

The company says the bouquet of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies has been expanded to include intelligent emergency braking (complete with pedestrian detection) and intelligent forward collision warning.

Under the bonnet, nothing has changed, with Nissan still offering what it describes as “the strongest V6 and V8 engines in the segment”. Some markets get a 4,0-litre V6, but the flagship powerplant is still the naturally aspirated 5,6-litre V8 offered here in South Africa, generating an unchanged 298 kW and 560 N.m.

"The Patrol is one of our longest-standing and most cherished models, with a long and proud heritage,” said Joni Paiva, regional vice president of the Africa, Middle East and India region at Nissan.

“The new Nissan Patrol represents the peak of luxury and ultimate capability and will continue to provide authentic experiences to its loyal customers in the Middle East and around the world."