The refreshed Nissan Patrol has finally arrived in South Africa, with the Japanese firm’s flagship SUV adopting a bold new face.

As before, there’s just a single derivative on offer in South Africa. The updated Patrol 5,6 V8 LE 4WD 7AT is priced at R1 515 700, which is some R15 000 more expensive than the outgoing model (which wore the “Premium” badge). Still, it's positively packed with standard kit, with the only optional extra being metallic paint at R2 018.

There have been no changes under the bonnet, with the Patrol still employing a naturally aspirated 5,6-litre V8 generating 298 kW and 560 N.m. That oomph is again fed to all four corners via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Key features include Nissan’s latest “Intelligent Around View Monitor”, satellite navigation with 3D mapping, an eight-inch touchscreen, a 13-speaker Bose sound system and a pair of second-row entertainment screens (each measuring eight inches in diameter and featuring headphones and a remote control).

The seven-seater’s styling changes are led by Nissan’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.

The service plan is again a three-year/90 000 km arrangement, while the warranty covers six years or 150 000 km.