Nissan has officially launched the refreshed Patrol in South Africa, describing it as an “unmatched icon” boasting higher levels of “sophistication, comfort and intelligence” than before.

Of course, we’ve already shared local pricing for the updated Patrol 5,6 V8 LE 4WD 7AT. As a reminder, the flagship SUV is priced at R1 515 700, which is some R15 000 more expensive than the outgoing model.

As before, the naturally aspirated 5,6-litre V8 petrol engine offers 298 kW and 560 N.m to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The service plan is again a three-year/90 000 km arrangement, while the warranty covers six years or 150 000 km.

Updates include the adoption of Nissan’s V-motion grille, new LED headlamps, fresh taillamps, sequential rear indicators and new 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, you’ll find a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, a multi-screen DVD entertainment system, eight-inch rear-seat displays and wireless headphones. Up front, there’s an eight-inch touchscreen along with diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with extra padding and a new hand-stitched steering wheel.

The Japanese firm claims “significant” reductions in noise and vibration along with “improved” cooling and air-flow distribution systems. In addition, the facelifted sixth-generation Patrol ships standard with intelligent emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), forward collision warning, intelligent cruise control and a driver alert system.

“Engineered with the latest intelligent mobility technologies, the new Patrol will give its drivers and passengers a luxurious drive,” said Kabelo Rabotho, director of marketing at Nissan SA.

“The legendary vehicle is one of Nissan’s most cherished models with sophisticated technology as well as a long and proud heritage. We’re confident the new model will provide drivers with unrivalled luxury.”