Nissan’s ageing Patrol 4×4 has received revisions in an attempt to keep up with the competition.

There’s a new look outside with a raised bonnet centre and extra chrome, as well as a more streamlined look to the front bumper that houses recessed foglights on the SVE model.

Under the re-profiled wheelarches sit new 17″ alloy wheels fitted to the range topping SVE. This version also gets a lockable hard spare wheel cover while all Patrols now have larger rear lights for better visibility and integrated side sills for easier access.

The new dashboard features a new look with modern switchgear derived from the X-TRAIL and 350Z.

In the engine bay sits the same ZD diesel engine with minor power increases – 160PS instead of 158 and torque improvements – up 26Nm to 380Nm.  Combined cycle fuel economy remains at 26.2mpg.

The Patrol also retains high and low ratio four-wheel drive and its disconnectable rear stabiliser bar to give even more axle articulation in really rough terrain. It’ll also still climb a 39 degree gradient and wade through 700mm of water.

The S model comes in one bodystyle: a five door, with seating for five. New for this year is a sliding rear seat gives the option of changing the balance between luggage capacity and rear legroom.  Standard kit includes air conditioning, electric windows all round, CD player, ABS, twin airbags, an alarm and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.  It’s available now for £24,500 list price.

The SVE adds colour-coded extremities, leather upholstery, 17″ alloy wheels, side airbags, outside temperature gauge and compass, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, electronic climate control, electric glass sunroof, rear side privacy glass, front fog lamps, headlight washers, and a DVD satellite navigation system.

It’s available now in manual guise for £29,900, or in automatic form for £31,400.