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At P4,548,000, can the new Nissan Patrol be considered good value?

This SUV now comes with a smarter Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite

Expect to see the new Patrol as election day gets closer. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

In terms of pricing, luxury SUVs cannot be in the same league as subcompact sedans or crossovers. But value is relative, and when you consider what the updated Nissan Patrol offers for its SRP of P4,548,000, it might even be called a bang-for-your-buck vehicle.

We’ve written about what the makes the new Patrol, uh, new. Let’s quickly get a recap on what’s changed and what’s not changed. The platform is still the same Y62 base that debuted back in 2010, but the exterior gets a mild facelift with new bumpers, wheels, and a bolder version of Nissan’s V-motion front fascia. Doing duty under the hood is a VK56 5.6-liter gasoline V8 with 400hp and 560Nm, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Underneath the new skin is the same Y62 platform. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

Most of the updates were done in the interior. Taking center stage is a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen that finally has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (wired and wireless). Speaking of wireless conveniences, there is now a charging pad for compatible mobile devices. And if the sound from the premium Bose speakers isn’t enough, there is a small fridge so that your bottles of Evian water are kept ice cold.

Making the new Patrol less of a bull in a china shop is Nissan Intelligent Mobility. And while the outgoing Y62 did have one, it was a pretty basic version. This time, the Patrol now gets surrounded by a bunch of electronic eyes to hopefully keep its paint job nice and shiny. See the list of features below:

  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Intelligent Emergency Braking
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Descent Control

And for additional peace of mind, it has a best-in-class five-year (or 150,000km) warranty.

We really dig this tan interior. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

Buyers can choose from three combinations of body and interior colors. See which one suits you the best:

  • Brilliant Silver (tan interior)
  • Black Obsidian (black interior)
  • Pearl White (black interior)

The refreshed Y62 Patrol may not have the diesel thrift of that other large Japanese luxury SUV, but when you do the math and see how much the former undercuts the latter, Nissan’s luxury off-roader might even come out as the better buy.

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